A new look at Viking women

“To assume that Viking men were ranked above women is to impose modern values on the past, which would be misleading,” cautions Marianne Moen one of the organizers of the Viking Worlds Conference, to be held in March 2013.

Moen is studying gender roles in Viking Society and how modern perceptions might skew archaeological investigations. She feels that too much emphasis is being placed on historical writings, many of which post date burial sites by centuries. “Our perception of religion’s influence in the society is based on texts written hundreds of years afterwards, by men from a different and more misogynistic religion.”