Identification Of Viking Corpses Reveals Half The Warriors Were Female

It is has been a long held belief that Viking men sailed the seas, conquered distant lands, warred, raped and pillaged while their dutiful wives stayed home and hoped for their return. A recent archaeological finding is turning these beliefs upside down! In the past, Viking remains were identified as male based on the fact that they were buried with their swords and shields while females were identified by their oval broaches. Researchers at the University of Western Australia decided to look a little closer. Examining osteological signs of gender within the bones, they found that half the remains were actually those of female warriors that had been given a proper burial with their weapons. 33168viking_woman_large Not only does this challenge the idea we have about Viking warriors, it challenges the 'rape and pillage' stereotype that has been applied to them. It is now believed that women accompanied men on those early voyages to England (and beyond) in numbers far greater than previously thought. Instead of arriving as blood hungry rovers, they were perhaps more like family oriented colonists. It is difficult for us to do a revision of history in our minds. For so long we have relegated women to the domestic duties of the past with a particular focus on breeding. It may take us a little time to catch up with this discovery. Having said that, the inclusion of female viking warriors in the History Channel's program Vikings seems like a good, and accurate, place to start. It is mind blowing when you think about it. What other parts of history might we be getting wrong? What do you think of this news? Does it surprise you? Source: The Vintage News Do you follow us on Instagram? [caption id="attachment_114150" align="alignnone" width="100"]snapchat code @BodyRockTV[/caption]

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