Horns grow­ing out my head

Scottish Daily Mail - - Front Page -

I ONCE had the ma­ter­nal line of my mi­to­chon­drial DNA se­quence tested by a com­pany that traces your an­ces­try, all in the name of jour­nal­ism.

The re­sults were fas­ci­nat­ing. My par­tic­u­lar se­quence had only ever shown up six times in the com­pany’s his­tory and in each case the in­di­vid­ual came from Shet­land.

This, ac­cord­ing to the lab-coated bof­fin who tested them, sug­gested my ma­ter­nal genes were pure Vik­ing. It seemed tan­ta­lis­ing, but un­likely. Who­ever heard of a fe­male Vik­ing out­side of a horn-hat­ted Wag­ne­r­ian ex­trav­a­ganza?

And yet this week it was re­vealed that one of the best pre­served graves of a Vik­ing war­rior, who was buried with full hon­ours in­clud­ing two horses, a sword and ar­mourpierc­ing ar­rows, was fe­male.

Ex­perts are as­ton­ished, but I’m sure my great (x500) granny wouldn’t be.

Just fetch me my bear skin and call me Helga.

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