Is The Viking Birka Warrior A Woman? Judith Jesch Examines The Evidence

From History Extra
Lagertha, portrayed by Katheryn Winnick, in season 4 of Vikings. (Credit: Jonathan Hession/History)The remains of the 'Birka Warrior', originally unearthed in the 1880s, had been long presumed to be those of a male warrior…

In 2017, a research paper made waves by claiming that the remains of a supposed professional warrior found in a 10th-century grave in Birka, Sweden, could be female. The remains, originally unearthed in the 1880s, had been long presumed to be those of a male warrior, due to their burial with weapons and other status symbols. Judith Jesch, an expert in Vikings and Norse studies, offers comment on the recent reassessment of the remains…

read more here @ History Extra

read more by Judith Jesch:
  • Women in the Viking Age
  • The Viking Diaspora
  • Viking Poetry of Love & War
  • Ships & Men in the Late Viking Age


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