What Happened To Irish Women Taken as Slaves by Vikings? DNA Study Reveals All

Posted by Jean-Yves on Jun 9, 2018

New Icelandic genetic research has revealed the fate of the thousands of Irish women who were enslaved by the Vikings and brought overseas to colonize Iceland.

Mostly women were taken from Ireland and Scotland by the Nordic warriors some 1,000 years ago and settled in Iceland, putting down roots on the North Atlantic island. New DNA mapping has now revealed that these Irish women did not play as much of an influence in the genetic make-up of modern-day Iceland as the Vikings who brought them there.

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