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Female Viking

ded i Sep 13, 2017

  1. ded i

    ded i Friend of The Devil Lady Devil

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    http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/high-ranking-viking-warrior-was-woman-180964831



    For more than a century, archaeologists had assumed the remains of a high-ranking Viking warrior discovered in Birka, Sweden belonged to a man. Now, researchers have used DNA testing to confirm that the warrior, who had been buried with military honors, was actually a woman. The study by a team at Stockholm University, which was published on Friday in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, confirms that women held high roles in the Viking military and demonstrates the impact that sexist preconceptions can have in scientific research. As the authors observe, since the grave site was first excavated in the 1880s, researchers never considered that the warrior might not be a man: “This image of the male warrior in a patriarchal society was reinforced by research traditions and contemporary preconceptions. Hence, the biological sex of the individual was taken for granted.”

    Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson, an archaeologist at Uppsala University, described the grave site, which contained all of the trappings of a high-ranking Viking officer: “Aside from the complete warrior equipment buried along with her – a sword, an axe, a spear, armor-piercing arrows, a battle knife, shields, and two horses – 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 researchers added that these new findings "provide a new understanding of the Viking society, the social constructions and also norms in the Viking Age."

    The researchers also note that archaeologists and historians'’ attitudes towards the sex of the remains reveal a lot about our own culture: “As long as the sex is male, the weaponry in the grave not only belong to the interred but also reflects his status as warrior, whereas a female sex has raised doubts,” they write. “This type of reasoning takes away the agency of the buried female... The results call for caution against generalizations regarding social orders in past societies." They further hope that the confirmation that there were high-ranking female warriors in Viking society will encourage more research using modern techniques aimed at creating a more accurate picture of historic cultures: “This study shows how the combination of ancient genomics, isotope analyses and archaeology can contribute to the rewriting of our understanding of social organization concerning gender, mobility and occupation patterns in past societies.”
     
  2. begreen61

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    seen this a few days back , The SMITHSONIAN been holding back history for years , they admitted lately they have destroyed thing found at sites that they felt we couldn't handle as a society for the past 100 years ,, and it just coming out lately . As for this ,nothing new to me, woman through out history,, have been ignored ,, because man were the ones writing down history ,,,My 2 cents ,which ain't worth shit economically speaking .LOL
     
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    Kelper Penguin Egg Eater Lady Devil

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    Interesting article, thank you.
     
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  4. Bobert

    Bobert Look what I can do!

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    How do they know she was a warrior? Considering she had a board game in her lap, maybe the rest was just cosplay..... :bwah:
     
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  5. ded i

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    Only battle chiefs were allowed to have game boards; it's the same as today ... lol Ever tried to play online as a woman?
     
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    Bobert Look what I can do!

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    Never online, only in person..... but I have played Risk with a woman who ended up fucking me out of the game board. If it could happen to me, it could happen to a battle chief. Just sayin'.....
     
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    Dutchtracker Down For Life Brigade Member

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    :loldevil::LOL3:
     
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  8. ded i

    ded i Friend of The Devil Lady Devil

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    Hey - cheap date! :bwah:
     
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    Bobert Look what I can do!

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    Yeah, but I imagine he caught a lot of flack from his battle chief buddies when they found out he got fucked out of his board game! :bwah:
     
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    If she got his board game forget it - his buddies are dead. She's being awarded a triumph. :bwah:
     
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    Bobert Look what I can do!

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    Spitfire or Bonneville?
     
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