Even though modern society has tried to open its mind to accept every person, there are still some misconceptions about a lot of terms, like non-binary. Non-binary people are a big part of the sexual identity spectrum as the gender spectrum. This concept isn’t new, unlike what a lot of people think, and an old discovery is great proof of this.
Medieval times were one of those periods where gender roles were highly pronounced. Men were knights or workers, women were damsels, and that was it, everyone was scripted to be someone despite some of them having different dreams.
Along with that, there were a lot of traditions, especially at funeral and death matters. Now, back in 1968, there was an impressive finding in Finland regarding Scandinavian noble traditions.
First, they found a bronze sword that seemed like it could lead to something, and in fact, it did. The sword took them to a nearby ancient grave dated from somewhere between 1040 and 1174 that contained not only another sword but a special specimen.
Inside, there was a person covered in jewelry, which means that it was a respected person back in their lives, but other things inside made it difficult for historians to identify the individual. The discovery has been an object of conversation since that time because even though the person was buried with a sword that was commonly related to men, they were dressed in female garments.
This would change all the conceptions historians previously had about medieval gender roles and created a lot of confusion. But as of today, the discovery has been finally understood.
It was possible to collect a small amount of the individual’s DNA, though it was very damaged due to all of the centuries it has spent buried, but scientists got it and took it to analyze, where they found out that the person had the sex-chromosomal aneuploidy XXY.
This aneuploidy is now known as the Klinefelter Syndrome, a very rare and variable chromosome condition. Normally people with this condition have male physical characteristics, but the extra X chromosome can create some female variations such as breast growth.
Historians believe that the appearance of the individual could have been ambiguous, making them not identify as female nor male, but just a non-binary person, and could have been in any part of the sexual gender spectrum that we know today.
As we mentioned earlier, there were a lot of signs that this person was a memorable member of their community, since they were buried with a soft feather blanket, along with furs and valuable objects. Also, the bronze sword that was buried near the grave would remark on their importance, because that was a rare practice for regular people.