There are so many flights of fantasy in this Live Science article that I won't bother to point them out, do it yourself.
Not only is the article a stretch insofar as credibility of results is concerned, the experts not only think she is a Viking warrior, now they think she may have been a general, although Vikings did not have generals.
But hey, it sounds good when you are all holding hands and singing Kumhaya. (Ed.)
First unearthed in 1900, this 1,000-year-old Viking shield-maiden was apparently cut down in her prime.
This facial reconstruction of a Viking woman's skull shows a deep head wound, possibly sustained during battle.
(Image: © National Geographic)
When the sword came down upon her head, the blade cut her to the bone. Scientists studying the Viking woman's fractured skull 1,000 years later still aren't sure whether the blow actually killed her — however, the trove of weapons buried with her make it clear that she died a warrior nonetheless.
That Viking, who lived and died around the year 900, was first excavated from a farm in Solør, Norway, in 1900. Her head rested on a shield, a bridled horse skeleton lay curled at her feet, and her body was boxed in by a sword, spear, battle-ax and arrows. When a quick analysis revealed the skeleton to be female, it was immediately interpreted as the first physical example of a shield-maiden — a mythical female warrior only referenced in medieval texts before then.
Now, for the first time, researchers at the University of Dundee in Scotland have used facial reconstruction technology to re-create that maiden's appearance — including the wound that may have ended her career.