Vikings also traveled with their families

Using new DNA analysis methods, a team of scientist at the University of Oslo have been able to show that DNA of originally female Vikings is more widespread in Europe than previously thought. This is clear evidence that women and likely families traveled with their men on raids and expeditions, and are a larger part of the colonizations than some earlier studies seemed to indicate (for instance the long held assumption that male Viking raider had taken women from Ireland when colonizing the islands in the Atlantic).

It is yet another result of using genetic analysis to help build a more complete and diversified picture of life during the Viking Age.


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