Back to All Events

Viking Women Warriors? New Clues

  • Museum of Fine Arts, Brown Auditorium Theatre 1001 Bissonnet Street Houston, TX, 77005 United States (map)

Family Tree DNA | DISCOVER Lecture Series

STEREOTYPES AND IDENTITY

Family Tree DNA Lecture

VIKING WOMEN WARRIORS? NEW CLUES

Thursday, March 7, 2019, 6:30 PM

Museum of Fine Arts, Brown Auditorium Theatre - 1001 Bissonnet St., Houston, TX 77005

CHARLOTTE HEDENSTIERNA - JOHNSON, PhD

Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Upssala Universitet

Some of those burly Viking warriors were women! DNA analysis of the 10th-century remains of a warrior revealed a surprise–“he” was actually a “she.” Buried with military honors in a resplendent grave discovered in the 1800s and filled with weapons and horses, archaeologists initially assumed the warrior was a man. The recent discovery of the warrior’s gender upends assumptions about identity and the roles of women. 

Free Admission

Later Event: April 6
Ciao Houston / Spring Tour