Researchers at Stockholm University and Uppsala University have found new evidence for the existence of female warriors among the ancient Vikings. For this, DNA analyzes were carried out of the remains from a burial (presumably dating back to the 10th century) on Bjerke Island, discovered in the 19th century.
In addition to human bones, the grave contained the remains of two horses, a sword, armor-piercing arrows and an ancient board game. All this indicated the high status of the buried warrior. For a long time it was believed that he was a man, but DNA analysis put everything in its place.
The DNA extracted from the bones was missing Y chromosomes, but there were two X chromosomes, which only happens in women. The ancient warrior led a nomadic lifestyle, which was typical for the peoples who inhabited Northern Europe in the VIII-X centuries.
According to the head of research archaeologist Charlotte Hedenshern-Yunson, “The presence of an ancient board game indicates that the warrior was an officer who developed the strategy and tactics of the battle. And it was not a Valkyrie from the ancient saga, but a very real woman commander. " In addition, this discovery is the first official and genetically supported evidence of the existence of female warriors among the Vikings.
Bjerke Island on an ancient map