LINK TO ARTICLE: http://nypost.com/2017/09/08/viking-skeletons-dna-test-proves-historians-wrong/
Anything to do with Game of Thrones or Vikings automatically gets on my reading list!! LOL! I came across a New York Post article titled: “Viking Skeleton’s DNA test proves historians wrong“. I thought, hum, not surprising but what is this in reference to? Turns out that what was long thought to have been a Viking male skeleton was in fact a female skeleton!!! Her grave was discovered in the late 1800’s containing two horses, powerful weaponry, and valuables. What’s important about this is that the discovery is the first absolute proof that women were Viking warriors….up until this point it was only hypothesized. The ONLY reason the skeleton had the DNA tested is because a female researcher thought that the facial features and bone structure were feminine in nature.
A direct quote from the article sums up the biases and prejudices completely: “This image of the male warrior in a patriarchal society was reinforced by research traditions and contemporary preconceptions. Hence, the biological sex of the individual was taken for granted,” Hedenstierna-Jonson and other researchers wrote in the report.
Reading this article reminds me of why I am so excited to research and challenge management theories that are egotistical in nature and allow for biases to run rampant in the corporate world: “Perception Is Reality”. No, it’s not.