"In new paper, the authors behind the 2017 study echo their original conclusions and delve deeper into the secrets of the grave in the Viking town of Birka... Out of 1,100 Birka tombs identified on the settlement, it was just one of two that contained a full set of weaponry... Researchers have definitively concluded the soldier in question was not, as was long assumed, a man...

According to the study, the grave offers ample evidence of its resident’s high-status in the military...

Marked by a large stone boulder, the site would have been known to all as the grave of a likely high-ranking member of the community...

Much of the justification for the proposed warrior’s misidentification as biologically male stems from past archaeologists’ frequent assignment of sex on the basis of a grave’s contents rather than scientific bone analysis."

- 'Researchers Reaffirm Remains in Viking Warrior Tomb Belonged to a Woman', published by @smithsonianmagazine

I cannot tell you the joy and pride I felt when I read this article. If you haven't seen it, be sure to look it up, enjoy reading, and share it with all of your friends who still debate the existence of historical Shieldmaidens. This seemed like a wonderful excuse to share with you one of my favorite shots from my Shieldmaiden photoset, shot in the Boston Common during the @womensmarch.

To all of my fellow Shieldmaidens: You are valid, you are strong, and you come from a line of fierce female warriors, forever breaking the stereotypes and expectations set upon us by society. Keep fighting, and keep building each other up. Love to you all. 🖤