When the sword came down upon her head, the blade cut her to the bone. Scientists studying the Viking woman's fractured skull 1, years later still aren't sure whether the blow actually killed her — however, the trove of weapons buried with her make it clear that she died a warrior nonetheless. Her head rested on a shield, a bridled horse skeleton lay curled at her feet, and her body was boxed in by a sword, spear, battle-ax and arrows. When a quick analysis revealed the skeleton to be female, it was immediately interpreted as the first physical example of a shield-maiden — a mythical female warrior only referenced in medieval texts before then. Now, for the first time, researchers at the University of Dundee in Scotland have used facial reconstruction technology to re-create that maiden's appearance — including the wound that may have ended her career.
The Lady in Blue-Bláklædda Konan: the textiles. National Museum of Iceland.
BBC - History - Viking Women
A runway fashion show in Viking times would have spotlighted women cloaked in imported colored-silk gowns adorned with metallic breast coverings and long trains. This surprising claim is the result of a new analysis of remnants from a woman's wardrobe discovered in a grave dating back to the 10th century in Russia, painting a picture of Viking panache before Christianity was established that runs counter to previous ideas about buttoned-up, prudish looking Norsewomen. There was a big difference. The fashion findings go beyond apparel, revealing that the Viking Age from A. Old rituals can live on long after society has changed, but when trade routes are cut off, there's an immediate impact on clothing fashions," Larsson said.
Yes, That Viking Warrior Buried with Weapons Really Was a Woman
This breathtaking series has stirred a curiosity in audiences about the real nature of the Vikings who reined during the 8th and 9th centuries. Viewers have questioned what is authentic about the show and what is a fabrication of truth for dramatic effect. The series was written by Michael Hirst, an English screenwriter, for the History Channel, and it seems much background work went into the narrative and characters, as well as the costumes, to set a foundation of truth in place. There are some fictional twists, however, which viewers should be aware of. It is probably to fans' relief that the apparel worn by the Vikings in the show is based on historic research of the actual Vikings.
The Vikings lived in large family groups. Children, parents and grandparents lived together. When the eldest son took over the family farm, he became the head of the family and responsible for the well-being of them all.