DNA Reveals “Powerful Viking” Remains Belonged To A Female Warrior Commander


There were also gaming pieces found buried with the body.

Source: Illustration by Evald Hansen based on the original plan of grave Bj 581 by excavator Hjalmar Stolpe

Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson, an archaeologist at Sweden’s Uppsala University, told the Swedish publication The Local:

“It’s actually a woman, somewhere over the age of 30 and fairly tall too, measuring around 170 centimetres. Aside from the complete warrior equipment buried along with her… she had a board game in her lap, or more of a war-planning game used to try out battle tactics and strategies, which indicates she was a powerful military leader. She’s most likely planned, led and taken part in battles.”

The drawing, right, is a reconstruction of how the grave with the woman originally may have looked.

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