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How many more warrior women are missing from the history books? | Natalie Haynes

The recent discovery of female bones in a Viking warrior grave is yet another indication that we’ve only scratched the surface of female history
Boudicca: ‘provoked into warrior queen status by circumstance’. Photograph: GL Archive / Alamy Stock Photo/Alamy Stock Photo

Warrior women have fascinated us for millennia. In ancient Greece, Amazons were the second most popular characters to feature in vase paintings. Only the exploits of Hercules (one of which involved Hippolyta, an Amazon queen) appeared on more pieces of pottery. In the images that survive, Amazons are always shown racing towards danger, never away from it.

Because of their courage, they were deeply respected by their enemies. One vase in the British Museum shows Achilles carrying the body of the vanquished Amazon . It

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