Julia Wihlborg

Julia Wihlborg, doctoral student in Archaeology

Perhaps no time period is more famous for its macho-men than the Viking Age. Academic publications and popular culture alike display Vikings as virile warriors with axes in hand. However, not all Viking Age people would have recognized themselves in this image – there were also vulnerable Vikings. Women, people with disabilities, slaves, and others existed together with the male warriors. By investigating how these kinds of Viking Age people were buried, depicted, and described in written sources, I will explore how they acted, were viewed, and were treated. This will allow me to explore the wider role of vulnerability in Viking Age societies.