PRAGUE – Czech archaeologists have unearthed the remains of an early gay man from around 2900-2500 B.C.
Archaeologists in Prague have uncovered a Stone-Age man buried in a position usually reserved for women — and researchers have confirmed the existence of a “gay caveman.”
The skeleton, which dates back to about 2,500 to 2,800 B.C., was found in the outskirts of Prague. The culture the man belonged to (known as the Corded Ware culture for their pottery decorated with the impressions of twisted cord) was very finicky about grave rituals, reported Iranian news network Press TV, which visited the excavation site.
According to the Czech news website Ceskapozice.cz, Corded Ware males were usually buried on their right sides with their heads facing east. This man, however, was buried on his left with his head facing west — a traditionally female position.
“We found one very specific grave of a man lying in the position of a woman, without gender specific grave goods, neither jewelry or weapons,” lead archaeologist Kamila Remisova Vesinova of the Czech Archaeological Society told WWN.
The man had been interred on his left side with his head facing east, with no weapons and household jugs — almost always reserved for women in the region during that time — placed at his feet. Traditionally, men were buried with weapons, hammers and flint knives, and their bodies were positioned on their right side with their heads facing west.
“From history and ethnology, we know that people from this period took funeral rites very seriously so it is highly unlikely that this positioning was a mistake,” lead researcher Kamila Remisova Vesinova said. “Far more likely is that he was a man with a different sexual orientation, homosexual or transvestite. What we see here does not add up to traditional Corded Ware cultural norms.”
Archaeologist Katerina Semradova told reporters that the “third gender” discovery mirrored an earlier case, in which a female warrior dating from the Mesolithic period was found to have been buried as a man.
In addition, she noted Siberian shamans, or latter-day witch doctors, were buried in a similar fashion to the “gay caveman,” but usually with richer funeral accessories to depict a higher social status.
“But this later discovery was neither of those, leading us to believe the man was probably homosexual or transsexual,” Semeradova said.