Were Women Viking Warriors? New DNA Evidence Proves Historians Wrong

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History books have long told the story of brave Viking men who went into battle, and women were noticeably missing from this narrative. But a few scholars have always wondered if there were any women Viking warriors.

New DNA evidence has finally confirmed that women were, in fact, Viking warriors — not just men..

The discovery was made by archaeologist Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson and a team of researchers at Uppsala University who re-examined the remains of a Viking originally studies in the late 1800s.

In order to obtain conclusive genetic proof that the remains belonged to a woman, DNA material was extracted from the bones and teeth and was shown not to contain a male Y-chromosome.

According to Hedenstierna-Jonson, the Viking woman was over 30 and tall for her time at around 5 feet 6 inches.

She probably also a military leader in charge of an entire group of Vikings because she was buried with weapons, two horses, and a board game that dealt with battle tactics.


The groundbreaking study marks the first genetic proof ever that overturns conventional wisdom that only men were Viking fighters.

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