• Lagerthas Schwestern? Über Kämpferinnen in der (Früh-)Geschichte und Waffengräber von Frauen in Nordeuropa.

    Author(s):
    Julia Mattes (see profile)
    Date:
    2018
    Subject(s):
    Prehistoric archaeology, Women's history, Women's gender, and sexuality studies, Middle Ages, Military, war, and peace
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    wariorress, female fighters, weapons graves, combatant women, shieldmaid
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/hmvd-7j18
    Abstract:
    Lagertha's sisters. About female fighters in (pre)history and womens' weapon graves in Northern Europe. While for quite some time fighting women have been a fixed part of western pop culture and thus a normal sight for younger people, historical science has so far not been paying any particular attention to them. Although historiography names numerous examples of fighting women, warrioresses and female soldiers, the subject has not received any notable attention within this discipline. Prehistoric Archaeology has been dealing even less with this topos. Despite recent definitive findings of Iron Age weapons graves in Scandinavia and in the United Kingdom, interpreting them as "warrioresses" seems problematic to some scientists, particularly in Archaeology. There seems to be a disinclination towards the image of women at arms, regardless of multiple historical examples and archaeological features. It is often argued that there is no historical evidence for fighting women which, as a matter of fact, is simply not correct. The paper aims at providing researchers with an initial look at women's combatant activities in the past. Furthermore, it asks why this theme seems so problematic to archaeological research. This reveals a fundamental methodological issue of Archaeology which dates back to the 19th century. Keywords: England; Scandinavia; woman‘s grave; method; Medieval; Iron-Age; sword finds; weapon graves; warrioress; shieldmaiden; Lagertha; Vikings; Viking-Age;Japan; ninja; onna-bugeisha; samurai; crusade; raid; campaign; war.
    Notes:
    Keywords: England; Scandinavia; woman‘s grave; method; Medieval; Iron-Age; sword finds; weapon graves; warrioress; shieldmaiden; Lagertha; Vikings; Viking-Age;Japan; ninja; onna-bugeisha; samurai; crusade; raid; campaign; war.
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