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Shieldmaidens are not a myth!

Posted by Fredsvenn on September 3, 2014

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Better identification of viking corpses reveals: Half of the warriors were female

A recent archaeological discovery has shattered the stereotype of exclusively male Viking warriors sailing out to war while their long-suffering wives wait at home with baby Vikings. Researchers at the University of Western Australia decided to revamp the way they studied Viking remains.

Previously, researchers had misidentified skeletons as male simply because they were buried with their swords and shields. (Female remains were identified by their oval brooches, and not much else.) By studying osteological signs of gender within the bones themselves, researchers discovered that approximately half of the remains were actually female warriors, given a proper burial with their weapons.

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