Iconic viking warrior was a woman, DNA test confirms

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    The remains of a 10th century Viking warrior buried in Birka, Sweden have proven to be those of a woman, thanks to DNA evidence.
    The warrior was discovered in the late 19th century by Swedish archaeologist Hjalmar Stolpe and the remains were assumed to be those of a man as they were buried with weapons, horses, and other military paraphernalia.

    “It’s actually a woman, somewhere over the age of 30 and fairly tall too, measuring around 170 centimeters,” Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson, an archeologist at Uppsala University, told The Local.

    https://www.rt.com/news/402521-sweden-viking-warrior-woman/
     
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    Makes for an interesting twist ;)
     
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    We have known that all along ;-) archeologists are turning bronze age history up and down with their new techniques. By studying teeth they are realising that women and children have wandered all over Europe and were accepted as equals where they settled. They were not slaves, they married into new tribes. The men stayed at home.
     
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    She was probably red haired. :wink:

    "The chances are that they would have had red hair. Interestingly, if you look at where red hair occurs in the world you can almost map it to Viking trading routes.” ... “The only other density of red hair which compares to Scotland and Ireland is in Scandinavia. It becomes a cultural marker of the Norse and of the Vikings." From: http://www.scotsman.com/heritage/pe...gs-carried-redhead-gene-to-scotland-1-3200177
     
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    Good post, but I also see you changed the quote under your user name. Very true! It is not possible to be exceptional by being average.
     
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    Looking back, average would have been so much easier.... People expect more from exceptional people!
     
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    I wonder why people are surprised that women were warriors. Who do you think defended the homeland - homestead, villages, cities etc - when the men were off to war (not defense)? Not only did women defend they took over all the businesses and trades including agriculture. Still going on to this day.
     
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    So, the warrior king was really a queen. Sometimes it happens. Seth
     
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    Yeppers, women have been pretty much running the show for centuries, probably forever. :)
     
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    How do we know she was a she and not a ze?
     
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