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Women were Viking warriors too, says DNA study | MNN - Mother Nature Network

Women were Viking warriors too, says DNA study | MNN - Mother Nature Network

The ancient Vikings were legendary as warriors and seafarers, but our depictions of these ruthless raiders as exclusively male will now need to change. A new genetic study on the remains of an iconic Swedish Viking Age grave has not only proven that there were women Viking warriors as well, but that these women may have even commanded Viking armies, reports Phys.org . "This is the first formal and genetic confirmation of a female Viking warrior," said Mattias Jakobsson at Uppsala University, one of the researchers to perform the study. The analysis was performed on one of the most well-known graves from the Viking Age, a mid-10th century grave in the Swedish Viking town of Birka. It was originally excavated in the 1880s and displays the remains of a warrior surrounded by weapons, including a sword, armor-piercing arrows, two horses and also a full set of gaming pieces and ...

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