During the 1980s, archaeologists excavated the Viking Age burial site of Bogøvej in Langeland, Denmark. One particular grave contained a woman buried with a flint, an Arab coin, a knife and an axe. Archaeologist Leszek Gardeła has now confirmed this axe is of Slavic origin (Science in Poland, 2019).

This detail enriches the results of a current research project by Gardeła in which he focuses on female Viking Age burials in Scandinavia with one or more weapons. In his forthcoming book published later this year, he will explain more about what the axe and other weapons in female graves represent. Should they be considered as part of a warrior’s gear or, as household tools (Archaeologica Ressoviensia, 2013)?

For balanced coverage, see the article on the Smithsonian.

Leszek Gardeła further explains his project and findings on a YouTube video as well as a podcast on Medievalists.net.

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