This will become a recurring theme of this blog, no doubt.
I don’t know anything at all about the Etruscans, but I came across some Etruscology news and since I have a friend who’s into it I thought I’d poke around a bit and see what I could find. Turns out someone did that thing again: they found a tomb with some bones next to a spear, and assumed the bones must have belonged to a man. I found the blog of Judith Weingarten, who wrote two posts about it:
It’s a really good series of posts, about the lengths people – men – will go to to keep intact assumptions about gender and gendered roles and objects.
The only way they could have been better is even one tiny mention about trans (and/or intersex) people existing.
Because, you know.
Sometimes bones do lie.