Viking Skeleton’s DNA Test Proves Historians Wrong
Swedish archeologists just discovered that the remains of a powerful Viking warrior, long believed to be a man, was actually a woman. The reason why they thought it was male is due to the “manly” warrior equipment found near the skeleton.
The grave is the most spectacular Viking grave ever found.
The lady warrior was buried in the middle of the tenth century along with two horses and deadly weapons.
The American Journal of Physical Anthropology published the findings of the leading archeologists and historians who point out that all these years they’ve wrongly assumed it was a man. (source)
The leading archeologist Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson of Uppsala University reported:
It’s actually a woman, somewhere over the age of 30 and fairly tall, too, measuring around [5 feet 6 inches] tall.
What’s more, they believe she was probably in charge. Jonson gave the following statement:
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. She’s most likely planned, led and taken part in battles.
According to science publication Phys.org, this discovery is the first genetic evidence that women were Viking warriors.
Hjalmar Stolpe is the first archeologist who found and excavated the Viking grave in Birka, Sweden at the end of the 19th century.
However, Anna Kjellström, an osteologist from Stockholm University, has recently noticed the skeleton has feminine hip bones and fine cheekbones. That’s how researchers made a DNA analysis and found out it was a woman.
This image of the male warrior in a patriarchal society was reinforced by research traditions and contemporary preconceptions. Hence, the biological sex of the individual was taken for granted, the researchers explained.
The Uppsala and Stockholm universities led the research. As it turns out, there really was a real-life Xena Warrior Princess.