Burly warriors. Destructive raiders. Brutal men. These are images that often come to mind when we think of the Vikings who invaded parts of Europe.
But the idea that Viking society was patriarchal and consisted mainly of male fighters might be wrong.
The world’s “ultimate warrior Viking grave” discovered at the end of the 19th century contained what many scientists and archaeologists believed to be a man. The body was buried with “manly” warrior equipment that included ax, a spear and a battle knife.
It turns out that assumption was wrong.
After genetic testing was performed on the remains, the findings were published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology on Friday. The results revealed that the remains indicate the person was actually a female, making this test the first to prove genetically that women were Viking warriors.
“It’s actually a woman, somewhere over the age of 30 and fairly tall too, measuring around 170 centimetres,” Uppsala University archaeologist Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson told The Local.
“Aside from the complete warrior equipment buried along with her — a sword, an ax, a spear, armor-piercing arrows, a battle knife, shields, and two horses — she had a board game in her lap, or more of a war-planning game used to try out battle tactics and strategies, which indicates she was a powerful military leader,” Hedenstierna-Jonson said.
The woman not only participated in battles, but also likely planned battle strategy.
Professor Neil Price at Uppsala University’s Department of Archaeology and Ancient History said written sources have mentioned female warriors occasionally, but added the discovery was the “first time that we’ve really found convincing archaeological evidence for their existence.”
Researchers also wrote in a report that while some Viking women had been buried with weapons, a female warrior with this importance had never been discovered before now.
A female Viking leader is certainly an incredible discovery that will turn history books upside down.
This finding makes you wonder what else we could discover about our past.
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