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Archaeologists Find First "Gay" Grave 14

Posted by samzenpus
from the only-gay-caveman dept.
A recent discovery in the Czech Republic suggests that Stone Age people may have been more socially tolerant than you might think. Archaeologists have found a 5,000-year-old grave of a man buried like a woman, leading them to believe that the man was gay. From the article: "During that period, men were traditionally buried lying on their right side with the head pointing towards the west; 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."

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Archaeologists Find First "Gay" Grave

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  • Wouldn't this indicate that this is the skeleton of a transgender person, not a gay person? Not all gay people are (or, presumably, were) effeminate.

    • by Locke2005 (849178)
      My thoughts exactly. Being buried as a woman doesn't mean you are "gay", it means you've successfully passed for a woman in your society. There are historical anecdotes of women who lived there whole lives as men; there must be some of men who lived their whole lives as women, I just can't think of any. A man being identified by his tribe as female is rare, but not unheard of.
      • by pilott (732030)
        It could also be someone with Pseudohermaphroditism and no one ever knew that she was a male.
    • by GooberToo (74388)

      Wouldn't this indicate that this is the skeleton of a transgender person

      I can think of endless reasons why this may have occurred, and not of them have anything to do with sexual orientation. It reads of propaganda rather than anything else.

  • To play Devil's Advocate, so to speak, maybe it was intended as a shameful manner of burial?
    • by SeNtM (965176)
      Now that is what I thought... "Uhg asshole-bitch, we show him!"
      • I agree; the treatment given this person could easily have been insulting treatment of a pariah rather than acceptance of a gay person. Assuming we understand the message and motive just because we see the action is an insupportable connection in this case. It is indeed very interesting but does not lend itself to a definite conclusion about the attitudes of the people who conducted the burial. Let's say for example... maybe he killed a woman, and her body was unrecoverable for some reason, but they knew

      • Hey, that doesn't promote any pc political agendas.

      • by hawkfish (8978)

        Now that is what I thought... "Uhg asshole-bitch, we show him!"

        In that case, why bury him at all?

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