Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Gay Caveman

Archeologists have unearthed a 5,000 year old burial site in Prague and it's contents surprised everyone. It's a male skeleton buried in a ritualisticly female way.

"The skeleton was found with its head pointing eastwards and surrounded by domestic jugs - rituals only previously seen in female graves.

Lead archaeologist Kamila Remisova said: '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.

'Far more likely is that he was a man with a different sexual orientation, homosexual or transsexual.'

According to Corded Ware culture, which began in the late Stone Age and culminated in the Bronze Age, men were traditionally buried lying on their right side with their heads pointing towards the west. Women were laid on their left sides with their heads pointing towards the east.

The skeleton shows no signs of disrespect or violence and is of a decent age so maybe people 5,000 years ago were far more tolerant than people of today. It's not surprising to find a gay man, but it is nice to see that he was treated normally and allowed to be buried in a manner that they thought was fitting for him.


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