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Debates currently rage regarding the historical reality of ‘Viking warrior women’, in large part inspired by discoveries of Viking graves of females buried with weapons. This talk by Professor Howard Williams presents the burial data for female ‘weapon burials’ and appraises the popular reception of this evidence by the media and the public. He will examine different scenarios for interpreting female weapon graves, responding to recent archaeological research but also adapting anthropological theories about the roles of women in relation to death ritual and social power in traditional societies.
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