Forget everything you think you know about the badass warriors known as the Vikings. According to new findings unearthed in a Viking Age grave in Sweden, dating to the 10th century, some of the first Viking warriors were women.
Researchers at Stockholm and Uppsala Universities published their findings based on the remains of a decorate female warrior in the American Journal of Anthropology. A DNA analysis of the skeleton confirmed that the individual was a woman, approximately thirty-years-old or slightly older, who stood approximately 5’ 6”.
History reports that several weapons were buried with the woman, including a sword, armor-piercing arrows, a battle knife, a spear, an axe and two shields. Additionally, two horses and a full set of game pieces and a gaming board were found alongside the grave. The weapons, specifically, suggest that the person was a high-ranking combatant who was knowledgeable about war strategies and tactics.
The finding matches Scandinavian lore and poetry from the Middle Ages about fierce female warriors. Until now, however, there has been little evidence to support the stories. Finally, women have reclaimed their status as fearsome, esteemed leaders. Said Professor Mattias Jakobsson in a report by Uppsala University: “This is the first formal and genetic confirmation of a female Viking warrior.”
The grave of the Viking warrior was uncovered in the late 19th century by Swedish archaeologist Hjalmar Stople. At first, it seemed like any other grave found in the Swedish city of Birka — a trading hub for Vikings back in the day. It wasn’t until Stockholm University osteologist Anna Kjellström reviewed the skeleton and determined it to be female. After a DNA sample was taken from a tooth and an arm of the skeleton (revealing no Y chromosomes), her theory was proven true.
It is now scientifically-established that women “were able to be full members of male dominated spheres,” during the Viking Age. Said Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson, leader of the groundbreaking study, in a press release: “What we have studied was not a Valkyrie from the sagas but a real life military leader, that happens to be a woman.”
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