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Scientists Stunningly Rebuild Female Viking Warrior’s Face Using Her Skeleton
By Mikelle Leow, 04 Nov 2019
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Female power has existed for over 1,000 years, as scientists have discovered. While the word “Viking” brings to mind burly, bearded men, British researchers have learned that at least one of the Viking warriors were women too.
A skeleton uncovered from a Viking graveyard in Solør, Norway has been identified as female for awhile, but archaeologists had not considered her burial site to be for warriors because “the occupant was a woman,” reveals archaeologist Ella Al-Shamahi.
However, in a bid to recreate her face for an upcoming National Geographic documentary, scientists learned that not only was the skeleton surrounded with a shield and weapons like a sword, axe, spear and arrows, but she had also sustained a head injury believed to have been inflicted by a sword.
This points at her being the “first evidence ever found of a Viking woman with a battle injury.”
A dent in her skull indicates that the wound was deep enough to have damaged its bone, though it’s unclear if the injury had led to her death as scientific visualizations have suggested the head was in healing.
Skin and muscles were added to the rendering to paint an anatomically-precise of the warrior.
While the scientists might not have constructed a 100-percent replica of the woman’s face, Dr Caroline Erolin—senior lecturer at the University of Dundee in the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification—says that the recreation “is enough to generate recognition from someone who knew them well in real life.”
The skeleton is currently being preserved at the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo.
A facial reconstruction image of the skull of the Viking woman found at Birka shows a large head injury, possibly sustained in battle. Photograph: National Geographic pic.twitter.com/StCtjOPaGA— Vikingverse (@vikingverse) November 3, 2019
[via The Guardian, images via various sources]
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