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David Bull slams ‘woke archeologists’ for gender-neutral terms

Radical activists argue motion is needed since it is not possible to be certain how they identified themselves once they were alive – but David Bull, the deputy leader of Reform UK, identified human stays have physical differences which make their gender clear. The controversial ideas are outlined by a bunch of self-styled “anarchist archaeologists” calling themselves The Black Trowel Collective of American.

In a manifesto on “trans liberation,” the group states: “It is evident from archaeological, historical, and ethnographic accounts that human gender is extremely variable and that human beings have historically been comfortable with a spread of genders beyond modern ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’ binaries.”

The group argues it’s not possible to be certain how the individuals saw themselves when alive, and likewise argued against categorising their race because this “contributes to white supremacy”.

A separate post by a guest contributor on the group’s website last yr stated: “The erasure of the complexity of sex and gender beyond easy binaries is a function of up to date transphobic ideologies inside archaeological analyses and never a mirrored image of past peoples’ lives.

David Bull, the deputy leader of Reform UK, said the suggestion was “ridiculous” (Image: GETTY/TalkTV)

Candice Holdsworth

Candice Holdsworth said such considering stemmed from a (Image: TalkTV)

“Furthermore, this erasure risks providing fodder for accounts of the past which can be used to further marginalise trans and gender fluid people.

“Archaeologists first identified the gender of skeletons by funerary assemblages, then explored their sex by measuring bones which have been considered diagnostic, and now, increasingly, by DNA evaluation.

“The primary two are infamously imprecise, and end in sensationalist “re-discoveries” of Viking warrior women and gay lovers buried together.

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David Bull

David Bull is a former Brexit Party MEP (Image: TalkTV)

“Moreover, individual skeletons have had their sex estimated as male or female, with interpretations changing through time.”

Speaking on the TalkTV show he now presents, Mr Bull, who can be a professional doctor, said: “It’s ridiculous. I nearly fell over after I read this.

“The explanation I believed this was just quite extraordinary medically is that whenever you have a look at the bones of a human being, you possibly can tell in the event that they are genotypically male or female and there are reasons for that.”

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Visitors admire an ancient Egyptian mummy on the British Museum in London (Image: GETTY)

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A forensic lab technician lays out an ancient human skeleton in Lima, Peru (Image: GETTY)

It’s so tempting to simply dismiss this as utterly absurd, however it really does have an effect

Candice Holdsworth

Guest Candice Holdsworth, a reporter on the Spiked website, said: “It’s so tempting to simply dismiss this as utterly absurd, however it really does have an effect.

“These items is type of spreading in all places and now it’s impacting the best way that we study history and even ancient history.

“I just think it’s such an impoverished ways to take a look at the past.

“It’s becoming such a self-centred ideology that just looks at every thing through this very, very, very latest set of ideas.

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Tourists view the gold sarcophagus of Tutankhamun in Egypt (Image: GETTY)

“It’s only emerged within the last 10 years or something and now it’s attempting to stretch back hundreds of years to search out relevance.”

Jeremy Black, emeritus professor of history on the University of Exeter, added: “It’s an absurd proposition, because the difference between genders, just because the difference between religious, social and national groups, are key motors in history.

“This very ideological approach to knowledge signifies that we’re at risk of constructing knowledge itself simply a matter of political preference.”

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Archaeologists reconstruct the skeleton of an Anglo-Saxon found with a spear in its side (Image: GETTY)

Frank Furedi, emeritus professor of sociology on the University of Kent, was likewise concerned at what he called “dangerous dogma”.

He said: ‘For those who have a look at history, considered one of the foundations of civilisation is the excellence between man and woman, whether it’s within the Bible or yin and yang in Chinese philosophy, so whenever you distort that you simply get a very different version of what has happened.

‘Should this dangerous dogma be accepted, it signifies that when children study Greek, Roman or other ancient civilisations they get a falsified picture.”

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