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    Meet Erika the Red: Viking women were warriors too, say scientists

    Meet Erika the Red: Viking women were warriors too, say scientists

    "Valhalla - I am coming!"

    Researchers re-create the face of a woman buried with an impressive collection of weaponry for a National Geographic documentary

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    Ella Al-Shamahi comes face to face with the Viking woman’s skull. Photograph: Eloisa Noble/National GeographicThink of a Viking warrior and you probably imagine a fearsome, muscular, bearded man. Well, think again. Using cutting-edge facial recognition technology, British scientists have brought to life the battle-hardened face of a fighter who lived more than 1,000 years ago. And she’s a woman.



    The life-like reconstruction, which challenges long-held assumptions that Viking warrior heroes such as Erik the Red left their women at home, is based on a skeleton found in a Viking graveyard in Solør, Norway, and now preserved in Oslo’s Museum of Cultural History. The remains had already been identified as female, but her burial site had not been considered a warrior grave “simply because the occupant was a woman”, according to archaelogist Ella Al-Shamahi.
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    Can't see any cut or mark on the skull that relates to that deep gash in the forehead in the reconstruction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lummy View Post
    Can't see any cut or mark on the skull that relates to that deep gash in the forehead in the reconstruction.

    They could have left that out of the reconstruction. And the wild hair -- if they were warriors -- they would have bound their hair out of their eyes or cut it very short. I just wanted to see a reconstruction without the fantasy.


    Interesting though that females were warriors.
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    I was kind of hoping she would have been hotter. Do you think she worn the sexy outfit Wonder Woman wears?
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    Probably dressed as a male warrior.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter1469 View Post
    Meet Erika the Red: Viking women were warriors too, say scientists

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    Read the rest of the article at the link.
    Legend mentions shield maidens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FindersKeepers View Post
    They could have left that out of the reconstruction. And the wild hair -- if they were warriors -- they would have bound their hair out of their eyes or cut it very short. I just wanted to see a reconstruction without the fantasy.


    Interesting though that females were warriors.
    Rush Limbaugh told us about this 25 years ago with his call for an Amazon Feminist Calvary consisting only of women on PMS.

    I doubt that female warriors were wide spread under the Viking Culture. Perhaps all ancestors of Rosie O'Donnell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Who View Post
    Legend mentions shield maidens.

    Verily tell us, Dr Who
    Is the legend really true?
    What did those maidens really do?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lummy View Post
    Verily tell us, Dr Who
    Is the legend really true?
    What did those maidens really do?


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shield-maiden
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lummy View Post
    Verily tell us, Dr Who
    Is the legend really true?
    What did those maidens really do?


    In most folklore there is an grain of truth. As to what roles they played: https://allthatsinteresting.com/viking-shieldmaidens
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