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The Legend of Signe Began with the Murder of her Father

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The Legend of Signe Began with the Murder of her Father

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Signe was a 10th century female Viking warrior whose grave was found in the medieval town of Birka. Legend has it that when Signe was a young girl, her father, a chief, was brutally killed in a robbery.

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Even during the brutality of the Dark Ages, the Vikings of Northern Europe were considered particularly fearsome, ruthless, and dangerous. For centuries, historians believed all Viking warriors were men, but new archaeological discoveries on a small island in central Sweden have revealed evidence that some of the fighters were women. See how modern forensic testing helped identify the sex of one female war chief.

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