Viking Woman: Warrior, Leader, Gamer

Viking Woman: Warrior, Leader, Gamer

Viking Woman: Warrior, Leader, Gamer

This is located in southeastern Sweden, somewhere outside of Stockholm. Using DNA analysis, however, researchers with Stockholm and Uppsala Universities have now established that the occupant of the grave was a woman. "The Viking warrior female showed genetic affinity to present-day inhabitants of the British Islands (England and Scotland), the North Atlantic Islands (Iceland and the Orkneys), Scandinavia (Denmark and Norway) and to lesser extent Eastern Baltic Europe (Lithuania and Latvia)".

Early archaeologists uncovered a sword, an axe, a spear, armour-piercing arrows, a battle knife, two shields, and two horses in the grave, signifying the buried individual's status of as a "professional warrior".

There were Viking-era women whose graves contained weapons, but there was a debate about whether the weapons were simply buried with the deceased as heirlooms or if their male skeletons associated with the weapons were missing.

The belief that the woman found in Birka, Sweden was a warrior is largely based on the grave goods that were found alongside her body. This indicates a knowledge of tactics and strategy, and also the buried person's role as a high-ranking officer. This is the first confirmation of an important female warrior from that time.

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"Written sources mention female warriors occasionally, but this is the first time that we've really found convincing archaeological evidence for their existence", stated Neil Price of the Uppsala University.
One of the most impressive graves in a burial ground near Birka, a major Viking settlement, has turned out to be that of a woman believed to have been a powerful military leader, the Local reports. However, they couldn't identify the sex of the warrior.

Hedenstierna-Jonson described it as a fantastic find, but said it is unlikely to completely up-end historians' view of the Viking society as being patriarchal, mainly constituting of male warriors. "The results call for caution against generalizations regarding social orders in past societies".

"It was probably quite unusual [for a woman to be a military leader], but in this case, it probably had more to do with her role in society and the family she was from, that carrying more importance than her gender", Hedenstierna-Jonson said.

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