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Exotic origins of Roman Londoners revealed by DNA analysis of bones | UK news | The Guardian

She was white with northern European ancestry, though she was probably born in Britain. She had dark brown hair and brown eyes, and although she appeared physically female, her chromosomes were male (scientists now regard biological sex as a spectrum rather than a simple male/female binary).

She was buried in a wooden coffin with grave goods that made hers a rare and high status burial at a time when cremation was more common. She had a flagon by her head, fine Samian ware dishes by her feet, a torc necklace and a bronze mirror probably imported from Italy. Mirrors were extremely expensive and mirror burials were rare. Some have suggested they were used for divination.

Did anyone else read this and wonder if a non-binary person would have been a likely candidate to a priest or shamanic figure, associated with the space between worlds?

Source: Exotic origins of Roman Londoners revealed by DNA analysis of bones | UK news | The Guardian

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