Ancient trans warrior “discovered” at Siberian dig

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A visualization of Jane does well to display her trans-ness, but some say she looks Europeanized and much older than the supposed 16 at death.

In our male dominated world, when a women of authority is recognized, be her alive or centuries gone, the key to her power is unfailingly attributed to men.

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3 BC Jane might have been seen on a Saturday night riding the plains with her crew.

Such is the case of our Siberian trans ancestor originally discovered in 1990 in the Altai Republic. Jane’s feminine attire conflicted with the male warrior artifacts with which she was buried. It was assumed at that time that Jane was genetically¬†female and accordingly fetishised and declared a “virgin amazon warrior princess’‘.

New DNA testing shows that she was genetically male, or as we know now, a transgender woman.

Traditional burials of the Pazyryk cultural normally made a clear distinction between genders but not so with our warrior.

For the sake of brevity and honor, we’ll name our predecessor ‘Jane’. She was interred with weapons, male headdress and 9 horses, some bridled all indicating great wealth power and equestrian skill. This was needed to survive as these nomadic people lived in on a mountainous plateau giving them access to and perhaps control of trade routes between what is now modern day Russia, China, Kazakhstan, and Mongolia.

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Jane’s final resting place, one of many dotting the landscape.

Take a trip across the Ukok Plateau while enjoying the Altai Republic’s national anthem.


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5 Responses to Ancient trans warrior “discovered” at Siberian dig

  1. Angelica Perduta December 5, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    Without HRT she might have had androgen insensitive syndrome, or be a eunuch or simply a man who liked to wear feminine attire. Do they know?

  2. Sarah Flynn December 6, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Attempting to eliminate transgender persons by calling them gay or homosexual confuses sexual orientation with gender identity. In in the US there are many transvestites who are married heterosexuals. In non Western societies these persons are frequently recognized as a third gender or even a fourth gender because they adopted the opposite social roles of their biological sex.

  3. Gdavid McG December 7, 2015 at 12:24 am

    Is this ‘Trans gender’ claim not a bit approriated?
    Have modern social perspectives been projected onto an ancient culture?
    Male burial artefacts found with a genetic male – it seems pretty straight forward.

    • Cherry December 9, 2016 at 4:34 am

      Yes, there’s a crazy amount of cultural projection! I’m waiting with interest to see all the great men of contemporary history labelled trans because they wore wigs and lace!

  4. Cherry December 9, 2016 at 4:27 am

    I’m really fed up with historical transing. Smallish skeletons that were buried with many decorative artefacts were often assumed to be female by Victorian archaeologists, whose world-view was patriarchal and who had access to less comparative data.

    What’s happened here is that the body has been found to be male. This tells us plenty of interesting things about his culture and the ways in which high-status men were honoured. That’s it. It says nothing whatsoever about trans-ness. Sorry.