A 1,000-year-old grave in Finland may be the world’s earliest non-binary find.
After discovering what may be the world’s oldest-known non-binary tomb, archaeologists were compelled to rethink accepted gender roles in Iron Age Europe.
More than 50 years after archaeologists initially unearthed the legendary Suontaka sword at a tomb in Hattula, Finland, they made an unexpected discovery. For decades, archaeologists assumed the 1,000-year-old burial was occupied by two people – a man and a woman – or a single powerful lady. A combination of male and female goods, such as jewelry and clothing, were strewn around the grave, indicating this.
Ulla Moilanen, a Doctoral Candidate in Archaeology at the University of Turku, believes that if the burial was filled by a single woman, she would have been a “highly respected” member of their community.
“They were buried in the grave on a luxurious leather blanket with precious furs and objects,” she explained.
Women were often elevated to positions of influence in Iron Age and Early Medieval communities in Finland, and some were even fighters.
However, a new examination of the minimal DNA evidence has revealed a far more interesting explanation behind the burial.
The tomb was indeed occupied by a single human, however due to their genetic composition, the individual may not have been deemed either male or female.
The researchers discovered that the person who had been buried had Klinefelter syndrome.
Klinefelter syndrome is a condition in which a boy is born with an extra copy of the feminine X chromosome, according to the NHS.
Chromosomes are genetic material clusters that carry your DNA and are responsible for, among other things, organ growth and production.
Men are born with one X and one Y chromosome, while women are born with two pairs of X chromosomes (XX) (XY).
“According to current data, it is likely that the individual recovered in Suontaka had the chromosomes XXY, however the DNA results are based on a very tiny collection of data,” said Elina Salmela, a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Helsinki.
Klinefelter syndrome expresses itself in a variety of ways in people, and it can occasionally go unnoticed.
Young males may also endure delayed muscle growth, less facial hair, and weaker bones in some circumstances.
The syndrome can include larger breasts (gynecomastia), decreased sex desires, taller-than-average height, and infertility in adult men.
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