If you think the acceptance of non-traditional gender roles is a product of the new generation, think again. Researchers in Finland say they've determined a body found in a 1,000-year-old grave is that of a nonbinary person.
And not just any person. According to a study published in Tuesday'sEuropean Journal of Archaeology, the body inside the iron grave was that of a leader or someone who was loved by many. "The overall context of the grave indicates that it was a respected person whose gender identity may well have been nonbinary,” the study reads.
The grave was actually discovered in 1968. However, because the body was dressed in women's clothing, they believed it to be that of a woman. Researchers recently ran a DNA test on the body because they were puzzled by sword found in the grave, an item traditionally buried alongside men of that period, they say.
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