UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Researchers have been studying the remains of a 10th century Viking leader for decades but they only just discovered this warrior was a woman.
In a new study published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, experts explain the remains were assumed to be from a male due to historical evidence that men ruled Viking society but recent DNA testing revealed the body’s true female identity.
She’s thought to have been a tall woman who died over the age of 30.
The body was found over 130 years ago in Sweden.
Buried with it was a sword, an axe, a spear, armor-piercing arrows, a battle knife, a war-tactics game, two shields and two horses.
This, experts say, showed the person was a warrior by trade — and a high-ranking one at that.
Researchers said, “Our results … suggest that women, indeed, were able to be full members of male dominated spheres.”