Viking Grave, Birka, Sweden

Illustration

Emma Groeneveld
by Hjalmar Stolpe
published on 07 July 2018

Sketch made by Hjalmar Stolpe, published in 1889, of the Viking Age grave found at Birka, Sweden, labelled 'Bj 581'. Buried with weapons and horses (things normally associated with warriors), this particular grave has been subject of much discussion, as DNA analysis done in 2017 (by Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson) indicates the skeleton belongs to a woman. Whether or not she was a warrior in life or whether the grave goods are intended to be symbolic is a tough nut to crack, however. The skeleton shows no signs of trauma or a hard life.

Remove Ads

Advertisement

Remove Ads

Advertisement