For 130 long years, researchers and scholars assumed that the remains of a Viking warrior and military leader found in Sweden many years ago were of a man. Now, thanks to DNA testing and modern technology, it has been proven that the ancient high-ranking military officer was actually a woman.
The findings were published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, and it raises provocative questions about gender roles in ancient society. The discovery is proof that researchers must stop assuming that ancient remains of high-ranking individuals are by default male.
It is often assumed that ancient societies were male dominated, but archaeological discoveries have proven that women also played vital leadership roles.
The researchers wrote:
“The identification of a female Viking warrior provides a unique insight into the Viking society, social constructions, and exceptions to the norm in the Viking time-period. The results call for caution against generalizations regarding social orders in past societies.”
The remains were discovered back in the 1880s but were tested for DNA only recently. The body was reportedly found with a sword, an ax, a spear, armor-piercing arrows, a bottle knife, two shields, and two horses. The objects suggest that the remains belong to a warrior.
There were also gaming pieces found buried with the body.
Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson, an archaeologist at Sweden’s Uppsala University, told the Swedish publication The Local:
“It’s actually a woman, somewhere over the age of 30 and fairly tall too, measuring around 170 centimetres. Aside from the complete warrior equipment buried along with her… 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.”
The drawing, right, is a reconstruction of how the grave with the woman originally may have looked.
What do you think of this discovery? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
Top 10 Catastrophic Floods In History
These killer floods in the past had taken hundreds of thousands of lives.
Today, flooding has become more common than usual. In fact, just recently, Hurricane Harvey has unleashed one of the nation's worst floods. As if that wasn't enough, Hurricane Irma has battered Florida over the weekend and is expected to create dangerous storm surges.
However, there are other killer floods that have ravaged various countries across the globe in the past. These floods have killed thousands of people, displaced residents, and destroyed villages.
Here are the top 10 killer floods in history: ...
Drunken Couple Fools Around And Discovers Ancient Chapel Hidden Under Their House
Upon exploration, they found a chapel-like enclosure and an old chest of mementos dating back to the 1930s.
How well do you know your house? A drunken couple from Shropshire found their answer after their home revealed some secrets. One night of fun led Pat and Diane Farla to explore their Telford home.
It was then that they discovered that their Victorian building had been holding some secrets beyond its walls.
The Telford home of the Farla family in Shropshire revealed secrets that nobody ever expected.
10 Absolutely Weird Illegal Things in Medieval Europe
We’ve come a long way since then.
Humanity has made a lot of progress since the medieval times. We've become less barbaric and more civilized, no doubt. It's interesting, however, to learn about life in the past, especially in medieval Europe. The cultural and social norms back then might seem strange to you now, but if you look at them in proper context, they actually make sense.
That doesn't mean medieval European laws aren't amusing, though. They're certainly worth knowing and sharing. Just take a look at the 10 totally strange illegal things in medieval Europe we've listed below: