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Viking warrior women with Leszek Gardeła

The recent (re)confirmation that the prestigious medieval warrior buried in Birka, Sweden was female has gotten people talking once again about the role of women in the Viking world. This week, Danièle interviews archaeologist Leszek Gardeła to learn more about women, warriors, and when a weapon is more than just a weapon.

Leszek Gardeła is DAAD P.R.I.M.E Fellow at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Germany and at the Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion at the University of Bergen, Norway. His research interests include Viking and Slavic societies, with pieces such as:

Viking Warrior Women?

The Headless Norsemen: Decapitation in Viking Age Scandinavia

The Good, the Bad and the Undead: New Thoughts on the Ambivalence of Old Norse Sorcery

‘Warrior-women’ in Viking Age Scandinavia? A preliminary archaeological study

And more on his Academia.edu page. See also the Amazons of the North – Armed Females in the Viking Age on Facebook, or follow Leszek on Twitter @leszekgardela

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