A dramatic funeral was given to a popular Viking warrior and it was evident in the remains of the tall fighter. Next to the body is the carefully arranged full suite composed of heavy weaponry used in battles. During the interment ritual, two high-priced horses have been used as a sacrifice. Thanks to the map illustrations that were created during the funeral, experts nowadays are able to decipher the burial site for the modern archives.
Aside from the weaponry and horses, the buried corpse came with an intricate game set that contains board and pieces. The game set is placed on the lap of the warrior.
The burial is also a revelation to the modern times as to what an actual Viking warrior means during their time. The burial site is the first that has been found in a town called Birka in Sweden back in the 1880s.
This is not the only amazing discovery they have unearthed as there is also something special with the hero that has been fighting during a time when stealing from long boats is very common.
According to the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, they found out that the corpse of the warrior belongs to a woman around 30 years of age.
Based on the report regarding the study, they were able to determine the high status of a male warrior after seeing a grave in Bj 581 located in Birka. The image of the male fighter during the time of the patriarchs was further strengthened by backed up research regarding their traditions and the assumption that modern times have. This is the main reason why the biological sex of the corpse was not given much attention. Well, not until today.
According to Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson, the head of the studies conducted by Stockholm and Uppsala Universities, they were able to study that the Valkyrie is not one that is expected from tell tales saga but it was of a military leader in real life and it was actually a woman. This revelations were made possible by the map illustrations that comes with burial sites that are used in modern studies.