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03 September 2014 @ 06:26 am
Another myth gone  
Half the Viking warriors were women.

Thanx to Tor.com.
Maia Cmaiac on September 3rd, 2014 10:53 am (UTC)
This report reminds me of the "Etruscan prince", also gender-ID'd by armor in the tomb, who was actually a woman.

If we could have wholesale DNA testing of ancient remains, how many more "male warriors" would turn out to be female?
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on September 3rd, 2014 12:05 pm (UTC)
Not exactly.

(Also, despite the headline, this article doesn't suggest half of Viking warriors were women. "Out of a sample of 13 burials, 6 were women, one of whom was buried with warrior's gear for some reason we don't really understand" isn't the same as "half of Viking warriors were women.")
Xiphias Gladiusxiphias on September 3rd, 2014 02:24 pm (UTC)
Still, even the more defensible statement that "a non-trivial number of women were buried with weapons among their grave goods" is suggestive and interesting.
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on September 3rd, 2014 02:31 pm (UTC)
It is, indeed, most interesting. It's also something that has become increasingly apparent in recent years in archaeological finds generally, as the field's moved away from identifying biological sex via grave goods and toward using osteological evidence and later DNA.
(no subject) - Tom Jackson on September 4th, 2014 01:20 pm (UTC) (Expand)