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Well this is awkward.

Last month, archaeologists announced a stunning find: a completely sealed tomb cut into the rock in Tuscany, Italy.

The untouched tomb held what looked like the body of an Etruscan prince holding a spear, along with the ashes of his wife. Several news outlets reported on the discovery of the 2,600-year-old warrior prince.

But the grave held one more surprise. A bone analysis has revealed the warrior prince was actually a princess, as Judith Weingarten, an alumna of the British School at Athens noted on her blog.

Initially, the lance suggested the skeleton on the biggest platform was a male warrior, possibly an Etruscan prince. The jewelry likely belonged to the second body, the warrior prince’s wife.

But bone analysis revealed the prince holding the lance was actually a 35- to 40-year-old woman, whereas the second skeleton belonged to a man.

Given that, what do archaeologists make of the spear?

"The spear, most likely, was placed as a symbol of union between the two deceased," Mandolesi told Viterbo News 24 on Sept. 26.

Weingarten doesn't believe the symbol of unity explanation. Instead, she thinks the spear shows the woman's high status.

As the article says - the danger of gendered assumptions ;) Source and pics are HERE

Date: 2013-10-19 08:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Very interesting. And not for the first time this makes me wonder how many times finds have been interpreted based on prejudices and cultural preconceptions among the (previously mostly male?) archaeologists. Seems to me Ms. Weingarten may be rushing to conclusions based on preconceived notions too. Why not consider the most obvious conclusion - that the woman was buried with a lance because it was her weapon of choice IRL - that she was a warrior?

Thank you for continuing this daily blog of interesting news "from the past". :)

Date: 2013-10-20 07:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Fascinating post. And gilli_ann makes good points. Wait, there's a daily blog? Just went and looked. Can I join? It looks like just the kind of thing that I enjoy and value.

Hope you're doing well! How are the studies going?

Date: 2013-10-20 07:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hello! I actually posted this entry by accident - my daily history blog is but I was obviously not paying attention last night XD

I'm good thanks, I'm just coming to the end of my archives study, then it's the big scary world of job hunting. How are you??

Date: 2014-01-13 06:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hi, I wanted to say, Happy Birthday!
*g* So, "Happy Birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day."

Date: 2014-01-13 09:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you!!!! I'm off to the Costume Museum today for a treat :)

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