'Only gay man' in Stone Age village buried as if he was woman
London, May 10 (ANI): In a new study, archaeologists who uncovered the first homosexual caveman have discovered the prehistoric village where he was "the only gay" man.
The male skeleton, believed to be nearly 6,000 years old, was found buried in the same way that Neolithic communities buried women, suggesting he was a different sexuality.
Now the same team of experts have discovered what they believe was his home village near Prague in the Czech Republic.
"We have managed to unearth impressions of wooden supporting structures of so-called long houses, typical of the Neolithic period," the Daily Mail quoted Dig director Radek Baly from the Czech Archaeological Society as saying.
The skeleton was originally discovered last year with a series of clues that led experts to believe the grave belonged to a gay man.
The skeleton of the late Stone Age man, unearthed during excavations in the Czech Republic, is said to date back to between 2900 and 2500 BC.
During that period, men were traditionally buried lying on their right side with the head pointing towards the west, while women on their left side with the head facing east.
In this case, the man was on his left side with his head facing west. Another clue is that men tended to be interred with weapons, hammers and flint knives as well as several portions of food and drink to accompany them to the other side.
Women would be buried with necklaces made from teeth, pets, and copper earrings, as well as domestic jugs and an egg-shaped pot placed near the feet.
The "gay caveman" was buried with household jugs, and no weapons.
Archaeologists do not think it was a mistake or coincidence given the importance attached to funerals during the period, known as the Corded Ware era because of the pottery it produced.
"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," Kamila Remisova Vesinova, the lead researcher, 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," Vesinova said.
An oval, egg-shaped container usually associated with female burials was also found at the feet of the skeleton.
Another member of the archaeological team, Katerina Semradova, said that colleagues had uncovered an earlier case dating from the Mesolithic period where a female warrior was buried as a man.
She added that Siberian shamans, or witch doctors, were also buried in this way but with richer funeral accessories appropriate to their elevated position in society.
"This later discovery was neither of those. We believe this is one of the earliest cases of what could be described as a transvestite or third-gender grave in the Czech Republic," Semradova said. (ANI)
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