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Imagine if you were incarcerated and weren’t able to get hold of books to read with which you could identify? That’s the lot of many LGBTQ+ prisoners in the USA.
This organisation helps send books into prisons. I just donated $10 so they can send two sets of books.
Fascinating piece on the “discovery” that the famous warrior found at Birka was female
The last week has been a fascinating and disturbing time for Viking mortuary archaeology in the public sphere.
On 8th September 2017, an international academic peer-review article was published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropologyauthored by Hedenstierna-Jonson et al., reinterpreting a single skeleton (i.e. not multiple skeletons from the same grave) from a 10th-century chamber grave from the Viking Age trading settlement of Birka. It was discovered in the 19th-century excavations at Birka by Hjalmar Stolpe (in 1877). The Bj581 chamber grave contained a skeleton in a flexed position on its right side suggesting the person had originally been interred in a seated position. The body had been furnished with rich apparel with Eastern links, weapons, gaming pieces and two horses at the foot of the grave.
This grave’s occupant has been shown through multiple skeletal determinations to be a ‘female’, and the article proves this by presenting…
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