The case for women Vikings

On her blog Bones Don't Lie, mortuary archaeologist Katy M. Meyers discusses proof of Viking women warriors in the 9th and 10th centuries in the form of swords found in female burial mounds. (photos)

Meyers cites a journal article by Shane McLeod, in Early Medieval Europe, which questions the conventional wisdom that swords in a grave denote males while brooches denote female. McLeod concludes that graves containing both swords and brooches could well be the burial site of female Norse warriors.