Italian archaeologists discovered a “practically intact” metal battle helmet during a recent search in the Ionian Sea.

The Superintendency of the Sea (SopMare), a Sicilian government organization responsible for protecting ancient artifacts in maritime waters, announced the discovery on Thursday. The object was found in waters near Vendicari, a small island off the southeast coast of Sicily.

In a Facebook post translated into English, SopMare explained that the object was about 5 meters deep in the Ionian Sea. Researchers from the University of Naples helped with the search.

The images show that the infantry's helmet blended in with the rocks at the bottom of the sea. It was found covered in concretions, which are masses of mineral cement.

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The century-old helmet was found “practically intact” by underwater researchers. (Sea Superintendence (SopMare) via Facebook)

According to authorities, the helmet was likely produced between the late 1400s and 1600s. It was a “cabasset” or “helmet” helmet – which are words in Spanish and Portuguese, respectively, meaning the helmet is Iberian in style.

A diver carefully helped bring the object back to the surface of the water – possibly the first time it has been out of the water in 600 years.

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Close-up of the recovered helmet

Experts believe that the artifact is an Iberian-style helmet made between the 15th and 17th centuries. (Sea Superintendence (SopMare) via Facebook)

“This type of helmet consists of a semi-spherical or oval cup with a more or less inclined tension along the entire edge and, in this specific case, a low upper crest that is wavy or reinforced by metal spheres,” explained SopMare.

“It is a type of helmet that was widespread among the infantry at the time and was also used by troops on ships.”

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Italian men holding helmet

Researchers at the University of Naples helped facilitate the search. (Sea Superintendence (SopMare) via Facebook)

The statement adds that teams will continue to research the area in search of more information.

“Further underwater reconnaissance in the area of ​​invention will attempt to clarify whether this is an isolated invention or whether it is possibly related to the presence of a medieval or modern relic,” said SopMare.

Diver at the bottom of the ocean

The helmet had been submerged for so long that it looked like a rock. (Sea Superintendency (SopMare) via Facebook)

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