Viking Women Helped Men Colonize New Lands

December 9, 2014 9:07 PM

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Vikings are often depicted as raping and pillaging barbarians, using brute strength to overtake new lands. But a new study of ancient Viking DNA shows that it wasn't just men moving to new territories; women accompanied their male companions, making traveling a family affair.

These explorers traveled long distances, establishing colonies in Iceland and many parts of Northwestern Europe, and even sailed as far as North America. The popular notion was that Viking expeditions consisted entirely of men, who found and established new homes, later to be joined by their wives a...

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