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Swedish scientists have proved that among the ancient Vikings had their Amazon

Researchers from Stockholm University and Uppsala University have discovered new evidence of the existence of women warriors in ancient Viking. This was accomplished through DNA tests of remains from a burial (presumably dated to X century) on the island of björkö, discovered in the nineteenth century.

In addition to the human bones in the tomb were the remains of two horses, a sword, piercing arrows, and an ancient Board game. All this pointed to the high status of the buried warrior. For a long time it was believed that he was a man, but DNA analysis has put everything in its place.

In the extracted DNA from the bones were missing Y chromosomes, but there were two X chromosomes, which happens only in women. Ancient warrior led a nomadic life that has been characteristic of the peoples who inhabited Northern Europe in the VIII – X centuries.

According to the head research archaeologist Charlotte Hedenstierna-Johnson, “the presence of the ancient Board game indicates that the warrior was an officer, which developed the strategy and tactics of the battle. And it was not a Valkyrie from the old Saga, but a very real woman-a leader”. In addition, this discovery is the first official and genetically supported by proof of the existence of women warriors among the Vikings.


The island of björkö on the old map

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