Female Viking Grave Reveals New Secrets

(Sweden) -- A 10th-century grave on a Swedish island is giving new insight into Viking society after its warrior remains were confirmed to be female. The grave, first discovered in the late 19th century, was full of artifacts belonging to a high-status Viking warrior, which many believed to be male. But, in 2017, experts found through DNA analysis that the skeleton was in fact, a female. Those same experts recently responded to critics in the scientific journal Antiquity saying they analyzed the correct skeleton and the artifacts make the person a greatly respected warrior. The remains were buried in elaborate clothing alongside various weapons and two horses. The researchers say these findings show that women existed as warriors during this time, a time which still shrouds women's daily lives in mystery.



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