It's a hell of a story: DNA analysis of a 10th century skeleton found at a burial in the Swedish town of Birka — a huge trade hub — revealed that a Viking military leader was actually a woman.
The grave (known as Bj 581) was first discovered in the 1880s but only recently tested for DNA. The body was found with a sword, an axe, a spear, armor-piercing arrows, a bottle knife, two shields, and two horses. All those components suggest that the body belonged to a professional warrior, according to the authors of the study. Read more...More about Vikings, Viking Warrior, Female Viking, Science, and Web Culture