Who were the Sea Peoples?

Feb 2011
Kitchener. Ont.
If I'm not mistaken, wasn't it Sanders back in the 70's who compared all the known horned helmets?, the design is distinctly Eastern, from Mesopotamia.
We have examples of Gods with horned helmets in Sardinia, and horns protruding from the front of a helmet is a different design to what the Sherden wore.
The plumed headdress appears to encircle the head, whereas a Crest runs across the center of the head much like a Mohawk haircut.

If anything remotely similar had been found in the West Aegean it would have been shouted from the rooftops.
There have been some interesting observations that warriors described by Homer wore 7th-6th century BC armor, and Homer didn't provide any illustrations.

Dan Howard

Ad Honorem
Aug 2014
All the armour and shields described in the Iliad have been analysed in detail in my book. It is abundantly clear that Homer is describing equipment from the end of the Bronze Age. The helmets are kegelhelms with crests and/or horns.
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Oct 2013
Planet Nine, Oregon
I've thought that before too; even in the Iliad, Agamemnon's armour is a gift from the ruler of Cyprus. It's even hard to find horned helmets in contemporary Greek depictions, including the Mykonos Vase. There is a vase from Rhodes shown in:
Frühgriechische Bronzehelme
That shows attached horns --appear to be sheds. Early Archaic, iirc.
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