In a newly opened peat-digging area of Brøns Mose at Viksø (Veksø) on Zealand, Denmark in 1942, one of the workers heard a crunching sound under his spade as he pressed it into the peat. He had chanced upon the incredible find of two almost identical horned helmets of bronze. These were decorated with bosses and adorned with eyes and beaks. The helmets from Viksø are from the Bronze Age and were made in the early part of the first millennium BC. They were almost certainly used at religious ceremonies. Later on they were deposited in the bog as offerings. One of the helmets was placed on a wooden tray of ash.
Horned helmets must have been familiar objects in the North of Europe. Numerous rock carvings, especially from western Sweden, show men wearing horned helmets, holding an axe like object, and raising a sun disk.
Two helmets were found, and indeed it is suggested by other finds that what ever deity was represented came in pairs.
It is surprising how much remains from a time so long ago, enough in fact for us to guess something about the fascinating beliefs and practices of these ancient peoples.