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  •  Good to be dubious (16+ / 0-)

    I can't speak to this particular case (haven't seen it), but sexing a skeleton isn't that hard (in most cases) if you have the pelvis (women have wider pelvises to allow for birth).

    As for this case, it strikes me as interesting, but unremarkable.  I am an archaeologist, and finding people buried like this (a man as a woman, a woman as a man) is actually becoming pretty normal.  Its actually part of the stuff I teach in my 101 classes.

    This one is earlier than any others I've heard of, but otherwise it sounds pretty typical.  The short version is that most societies throughout most of history have had what we would now call transgendered people.  

    "Empty vessels make the loudest sound, they have the least wit and are the greatest blabbers" Plato

    by Empty Vessel on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 12:14:44 PM PDT

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