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Found: Evidence That a Lavish Burial Honored a Viking Warrior Woman

In the 19th century, an archaeologist working on excavations of Birka, Sweden, a thriving Viking settlement founded in the 9th century, discovered a grave filled with astonishing objects. Buried alongside the deceased were a sword, an axe, a spear, arrows, a knife, and shields, along with two horses, a mare, and stallion. The skeleton held a board game—a strategy game, used for war planning—indicating that, in life, this person had proved their military prowess.
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