Roman chainmail found in Harzhorn

German archaeologists are excited by the discovery of well-preserved Roman chainmail during excavations near Kalefeld in the Northeim district north of Göttingen, the first such armor recovered from a Roman-Germanic battlefield. (photo)

Several fragments of the armor were found, although most of the iron in the chain links was decomposed. The discovery was made by a team from Freie Universität Berlin.

The chainmail is now on display at the State Museum in Braunschweig as part of an exhibit entitled Rome's Forgotten Campaign: The Battle of the Harzhorn, which will run until January 2014.