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Better Identification of Viking Corpses Reveals: Half of the Warriors Were Female | Tor.com

fuckyeahwarriorwomen:

juliedillon:

bisexualpiratequeen:

"Researchers at the University of Western Australia decided to revamp the way they studied Viking remains. Previously, researchers had misidentified skeletons as male simply because they were buried with their swords and shields. (Female remains were identified by their oval brooches, and not much else.) By studying osteological signs of gender within the bones themselves, researchers discovered that approximately half of the remains were actually female warriors, given a proper burial with their weapons.”

Women have always fought. We have always been there, ‘contributing to history’. Our own, modern sexism contributes to the erasure of it.

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"We have always been there, ‘contributing to history’. Our own, modern sexism contributes to the erasure of it."

Via TheMarySue: Sorry, but That Study Doesn’t Say Half of Viking Warriors Were Women

Turns out that what the study did do was look at the remains of viking settlers — in this case, a smaple size of 13 — and find that determining the sex of the remains based on what they were buried with is a faulty method, which is where all the talk of “being buried with their swords” comes from.