Archaeologists and gender. Again.

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:

How a Prince Became a Princess
How a Prince Became a Princess (Part II)

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.

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