VIKING WOMEN. We have an image of Viking men as warriors. What about Viking women? Annalisa called my attention to this report on recent archaeological findings. The study of 14 Viking burials in Eastern England found that 6 were of women, 7 were of men, and one was indeterminate. Significantly, some of the women had been buried with swords or shields, and some of these women had been incorrectly identified as men because of the weapons. The study is taken as evidence that some of the Vikings arrived as married settlers rather than as raiders. No mention is made of another possible inference: that the Viking women were warriors.

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