Woke activists say don't give skeletons a gender or race

Woke activists say don't give skeletons a gender or race

Gender activists want scientists to stop categorising ancient human remains as either male or female – because they cannot be sure how the deceased identified themselves when they were alive.

Woke warriors have also insisted that archaeologists no longer categorise the race of remains as this ‘contributes to white supremacy’.

Critics said last night that such demands would lead to a rewriting of history and imposing current ideology ‘where it doesn’t belong’.

Traditionally, when human remains are excavated, archaeologists determine traits such as age, gender and race using proven scientific methods such as bone structure and DNA analysis.

This allows anthropologists and historians to learn more about the person and expand academic research. 

However, ancient skeletons are increasingly being labelled as ‘non-binary’ or ‘gender-neutral’ by trendy academics. 

The Black Trowel Collective of American ‘anarchist archaeologists’, says ‘archaeologists must centre the fluidity of gender in their archaeological practice’.

The group’s manifesto on ‘trans liberation’ states: ‘It is clear from archaeological, historical, and ethnographic accounts that human gender is highly variable and that human beings have historically been comfortable with a range of genders beyond modern “masculine” and “feminine” binaries.’

European researchers suggested last year that 1,000-year-old remains found in Finland belonged to a non-binary person because items around the bones, such as a sword, suggested the person was male, while jewellery suggested the remains were female.

A US study earlier this year urged scientists to stop the ‘dangerous’ classifying of remains by race. The authors said ‘ancestry estimation contributes to white supremacy’ and ‘might actually hinder identification efforts because of entrenched racial biases’.