La cota de malla es una armadura constriuda de anillos de hierro entrelazado entre sí. "Es básicamente un camisón; los había de 2 tipos para infante y para caballero. Las de caballero eran de manga larga, las de infante normalmente eran de manga 3/4 o incluso sin mangas."
Iron Age. Chain mail of thousands of small iron rings marks a first peak in the European iron technology, as developed in the Celtic armories around 300 BC. Chain mail was taken used by the Romans throughout the Iron Age and was a popular armour among leading warriors. The best-preserved Iron Age chain mail, seen here comes from Funen in Denmark and is dated to ca. 200 AD.
Europen riveted mail coif, from a mass grave, battle of Visby, fought in July 1361 on the Swedish Baltic island of Gotland, between invading Danish troops and the local Gutnish forces. The Danish won a decisive victory. Due to the heat, the dead had to be disposed of quickly, and many were buried in their armour. The archaeological excavation of one of the mass graves, in the 1930s, revealed over 1000 skeletons. Fornsalen Museum.