Popular TV series showed us how Viking women were as fierce and brave as men, and now there’s more scientific evidence in support of this claim. Some time ago, archaeologists stumbled upon an important grave, which they thought it belonged to a reputable Viking warrior. In the end, it turned out the warrior was female.
The Viking grave also hosted weapons, showing the remains belonged to an esteemed warrior
During the 1880s, archaeologists found this impressive-looking grave in Birka, Sweden, and could tell it dated back to the Viking age. However, they couldn’t identify the sex of the warrior. Since then, we made huge technological advances, and a DNA analysis revealed the Viking grave belonged to a woman.
Although women were more powerful during those times, the society was still dominated by men, or at least that was what researchers used to believe. The woman found in the Viking grave was a warrior, and other archaeological evidence shows she was a respected one.
Bone analysis proved the warrior was a woman
Next to her skeleton, researchers found weapons of all kinds, and two horses. All this treasure shows she occupied a high place in society, and was an esteemed warrior. Apart from all these, there were also gaming pieces buried next to her body. This means she was skilled in terms of strategy and, most probably, was a superior officer.
Due to the armor present in the Viking grave, researchers have thought for a long period of time the remains had belonged to a man. However, bone analysis revealed the opposite. These bones exhibited traits which are typically feminine, such as narrower cheekbones or hips.
The idea that man was the main warrior and leader of society is, in fact, typical of more modern times. Back then, the role of military leader could easily belong to a woman, and there is plenty of archaeological evidence in support of this claim. A more detailed study regarding this Viking grave was published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.
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