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More Viking women took part in invasions than thought

An examination of 14 Norse burials in England have revealed that more Viking women took place in the invasions than previously thought.

Women may have accompanied male Vikings in those early invasions of England, in much greater numbers than scholars earlier supposed, McLeod concludes. Rather than the ravaging rovers of legend, the Vikings arrived as marriage-minded colonists. “Although the results presented here cannot be used to determine the number of female settlers, they do suggest that the ratio of females to males may have been somewhere between a third to roughly equal,” the study concludes.

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Story: Dan Vergano, USA Today | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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