Female Warriors
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Many people in the world know warlike Amazon women’s. Did you have ever know that there are female warriors in the instant glory days of the Viking’s?

A Swedish grave from the middle of the 10th century A.D. that contained the remains of a powerful Viking warrior, horses and weapons were believed to belong to a warrior Viking man what was a discovery in the year of 1880s. Now the evidence of the DNA has revealed that the Viking man soldier was in the truth a woman soldier!

A group of researchers from Stockholm and Uppsala Universities has published, in the American Journal of Anthropology, a DNA analysis from the skeleton have confirmed a woman aged older than 30 years old and somewhere around 5 feet 6 inches tall.

From the author THAD MORGAN from History Channel Website we can gather some more information;

Illustration by Evald Hansen based on the original plan of grave Bj 581 by excavator Hjalmar Stolpe; published in 1889. (Credit: Wiley Online Library/The Authors American Journal of Physical Anthropology Published by Wiley Periodicals Inc./CC BY 4.0)

Legends of ferocious female warriors appear in Scandinavian lore and poetry from the Middle Ages.

Stories of similar warriors have been told in the modern era too, for example Lagertha on the HISTORY series Vikings, but the existence of warrior women in Viking culture has consistently been challenged in official histories, with women often relegated to non-combatant roles.

This common assumption was also the reason why this landmark discovery was initially overlooked.

The grave was originally uncovered in the late 19th century by Swedish archaeologist Hjalmar Stople, and initially seemed like many others found in the Swedish city of Birka, a trading hub for Vikings.

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A brave history for the woman’s world! How has this research started ever? Why was the grave opened again?

Viking Female Warriors

According to the article from ARIEL SCOTTI from NY Daily News we can get some more insights;

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It also included games indicative of “knowledge of tactics and strategy, stressing the buried individual’s role as a high-ranking officer.”

But, in 2016, researchers reexamined the Viking’s skeleton and saw indicators that lead them to believe the warrior was female.

The team then tested the remains’ nuclear DNA from a tooth and upper arm bone fragment. The samples were both positive for two X chromosomes and no Y chromosomes, making the warrior distinctly female.

Hnefatafl pieces. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

The scientists also noted the seemingly chauvinistic thought processes of their colleagues and other archeologists before them who assumed that a woman couldn’t possibly be buried with her own weapons.

Graves that may have possibly housed the remains of female warriors will now have to be reexamined.

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There is also another point of view for this awesome research about the Viking women’s history.

Female Warrior Mythology

Paula Cocozza from the guardian has dropped also a very nice article about this sensational research;

The female Viking warrior is a familiar figure in popular culture, from early incarnations such as the Völsung cycle of Norse mythology through to the History Channel’s Vikingsseries.

Valkyrie amulets have been found depicting women wearing dresses and armour.

But historical fact has largely lagged behind the fictions.

The bones from grave Bj581 always looked female – they were slender – making it a so-called “anomalous” grave where the gender of the skeleton appeared at odds with the martial objects buried with it.

It took many years and, finally, genomic testing to establish the lack of a Y chromosome.

But some experts still express doubts about the warrior’s identity.

Might the gaming pieces indicate only that she enjoyed board games?

Were the bones – excavated and labelled in the 19th century – put with the wrong weapons? Or do these questions prove that we recreate the past in the light of our own prejudice?

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That’s really an amazing story for the female warriors! As we can see, the history of the woman’s world has to be written again from the beginning!