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Springfield Museums find hidden treasure

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Officials at the Springfield Museums said they found a priceless treasure they had preserved in storage for more than 100 years.

Sometime after 1899, they received a rare wooden helmet which was identified incorrectly as something else.

The helmet was recently brought out for an upcoming exhibit.

A museum curator in Alaska said the Native American war helmet is very rare - fewer than 100 are known to still exist.

Dr. Ellen Savulis is the Curator for Anthropology at the museums. She said the special helmet is also unique.

In the native culture, women are not allowed to touch the helmets. Savulis said the museums will also abide by that rule.

"What we've done here at the museum is established our own protocol for handling such objects out of respect for Tilingit culture and so only male curatorial staff can handle the helmet," said Savulis.

As far as Savulis knows, this is the first time the hand-carved helmet has ever been seen by the public.

If you are interested in catching a glimpse of the helmet, it will go on display Dec. 26.

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