THE BIRKA WARRIOR

A film by ALAIN ZENOU ET GAUTIER DUBOIS
Produced by BONUM PRODUCTIONS & PEIGNOIR PROD
52” 90” 4K HD
In production

Synopsis

In 1878, the body of a great Viking warrior was found in Birka, Sweden. For many years, the body was exhibited at the national museum without further attention to it.

But in 2017 a team of Swedish archaeologists under the lead of Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson have come to a surprising conclusion. The analysis of the DNA proves that the great warrior was not a man but actually a woman.

Ever since, several counter-hypotheses have been made. Was the analysis duly made and are the results correct? Did the scientists study the right bones? What if there had been two skeletons in the grave?

Charlotte is currently preparing a major scientific study to be published early 2019 in answer to the many questions raised. Based on the work of other experts, she and her team need to confirm the existence of women warriors, prove that the weapons found in the grave could be used by a woman, explain why the skeleton bore no sign of injury and show that a woman could lead the Birka garrison.

All of the pieces of the puzzle will be put together in our documentary in order to tell the stry of a fascinating archaeological adventure behind the only female Viking warrior known to date.