Did The Vikings Had Female Warriors? Science Is Telling Us Yes!

Vikings Female Warriors: Many people in the world know warlike Amazon women. Did you ever know that there were female warriors in the instant glory days of the Vikings?

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An Archaeologist found a Swedish grave from the middle of the 10th century. It contains the remains of a Viking warrior, horses, and weapons. They believed it was a warrior Viking man discovered in the 1880s; the DNA evidence reveals the truth it is a woman soldier!

A group of researchers from Stockholm and Uppsala Universities has published, in the American Journal of Anthropology, DNA analysis from the skeleton has confirmed a woman aged older than 30 years old and somewhere around 5 feet 6 inches tall.

Author THAD MORGAN from History Channel Website.

Vikings Female Warriors: Hjalmar Stolpe
Illustration by Evald Hansen based on the original plan of grave Bj 581 by excavator Hjalmar Stolpe; published in 1889. (Credit: Wiley Online Library/The Authors American Journal of Physical Anthropology Published by Wiley Periodicals Inc./CC BY 4.0)

Legends of ferocious female warriors appear in Scandinavian lore and poetry from the Middle Ages.

Stories of similar warriors are in the modern era in Lagertha on the HISTORY series Vikings. The existence of warrior women in Viking culture is challenging in official histories. with women often relegated to non-combatant roles.

This common assumption was also the reason why this landmark discovery was getting overlooked.

Dİscovery of the grave was in the late 19th century by Swedish archaeologist Hjalmar Stople.

A brave history for the woman’s world! How has this research started ever?

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Viking Female Warriors

According to the article from ARIEL SCOTTI from N.Y. Daily News we can get some more insights;

Vikings Female Warriors

It also included games indicative of “knowledge of tactics and strategy, stressing the buried individual’s role as a high-ranking officer.”

But, in 2016, researchers reexamined the Viking’s skeleton and saw indicators that lead them to believe the warrior was female.

The team then tested the remains’ nuclear DNA from a tooth and upper arm bone fragment. The samples were both positive for two X chromosomes and no Y chromosomes, making the warrior distinctly female.

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Hnefatafl pieces
Hnefatafl pieces. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

The scientists also noted the seemingly chauvinistic thought processes of their colleagues and other archeologists before them, who assumed that a woman couldn’t possibly be getting buried with her weapons.

Graves that may have possibly housed the remains of female warriors will now have to be getting reexamined. >>> Read the full story here

There is also another point of view for this excellent research about Viking women’s history.

Female Warrior Mythology

Paula Cocozza from the guardian has also dropped a beneficial article about this sensational research;

The female Viking warrior is a familiar figure in popular culture, from early incarnations such as the Völsung cycle of Norse mythology through to the History Channel’s Vikings series.

They find Valkyrie amulets depicting women wearing dresses and armor.

But the historical fact has mostly lagged behind the fiction.

The bones from grave Bj581 always looked female – they were slender – making it a so-called “anomalous” grave where the gender of the skeleton appeared at odds with the martial objects buried with it.

It took many years and, finally, genomic testing to establish the lack of a Y chromosome.

But some experts still express doubts about the warrior’s identity. Might the gaming pieces indicate that she enjoyed board games?

Were the bones – excavated and labeled in the 19th century – put with the wrong weapons? Or do these questions prove that we recreate the past in the light of our prejudice? >> Read the full story here


That’s a fantastic story for the female warriors! As we can see, we need to write the history of the woman’s world again from the beginning!

Last Updated on 08/05/2022 by Buzz This Viral