Becky Gowland

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It is exciting because the traditional images of Vikings are masculine and war hungry – with the women at home baking, or looking after the kids. This burial is clearly of a high-status woman. The fact that she's buried with weapons indiciate this. It doesn't indicate that she's a warrior, but if we interpret [male graves] in that way, why not women as well? Because it was buried with weapons, [people assumed] it must be a man. I think that's a mistake that archaeologists make quite often. When we do that, we're just reproducing the past in our image.feedback
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Sep 12 2017 Women
This page is completely dedicated to what Becky Gowland has to say. All of Becky Gowland’s quotes are organized here by date and topic. The most recent quote attributed to Becky Gowland came from an article called Does new DNA evidence prove that there were female viking warlords?: “It is exciting because the traditional images of Vikings are masculine and war hungry – with the women at home baking, or looking after the kids. This burial is clearly of a high-status woman. The fact that she's buried with weapons indiciate this. It doesn't indicate that she's a warrior, but if we interpret [male graves] in that way, why not women as well? Because it was buried with weapons, [people assumed] it must be a man. I think that's a mistake that archaeologists make quite often. When we do that, we're just reproducing the past in our image.”.
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