More than millions of years ago currently in southeastern Sweden a prosperous Viking warrior was laid to rest in a magnificent grave saturated with swords, arrowheads, and two sacrificed horses. The site mirrored the ideal of Viking male warrior life or so the archeologists comprehended. However, a novel DNA analysis has proved that the grave was the rightful place of a woman.
The study sent a wave of bewilderment through archaeologist’s comprehension of the Vikings, medieval seafarers who bartered and ransacked across Europe for centuries. Baylor University archaeologist Davide Zori said that earlier the grave was upheld as exclusive Viking ale warrior grave. He also said that we have always presented and felt that our idea of gender role was perfect.
Viking myths had long ago suggested that not all warriors were men. One ancient tenth-century Irish text elucidates Inghen Ruaidh (“Red Girl”) was a female warrior who commanded a Viking fleet to Ireland. Zori also makes a point that Viking chronicles such as the 13th-century Saga of the Volsungs mentions “shield-maidens” battling along with male warriors.
However, some archaeologists had thought about these female warriors as simply mythological adornment, a principle influenced by contemporary assumption of gender roles. Stockholm University bio archaeologist Anna Kjellström scrutinized the warrior’s pelvic bone and mandible for the first time. The dimensions of that skeleton matched those of a woman’s.
Kjellström’s analysis accorded at a conference in 2014 was refuted by some archeologists. The excavation of the gravesite had taken place a hundred year ago perhaps the bones might have been misplaced or mislabeled.