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  •  given the comments above (3+ / 0-)

    by an archeologist who states:

    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.


    I think you might want to reconsider your guess.

    And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...

    by Mortifyd on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 12:59:11 PM PDT

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    •  No no no, I wasn't talking about THIS burial (3+ / 0-)
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      rserven, kyril, middleagedhousewife

      when I said I think it's a good guess -- I was talking about the burials Empty Vessel mentions where there were clear signs of violence done to the corpse.

      See my earlier comment above: I think man-being-buried-as-woman-must-mean-disgrace is a terrible guess.

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