Archeologists unearth first-ever ‘gay caveman’ skeleton

By Stephen C. Webster
Thursday, April 7, 2011 9:41 EDT
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Archeologists say they’ve made a unique discovery in the Czech Republic: remains of a human male from the Copper Age, who was buried in a way traditionally only reserved for females who were part of the Corded Ware culture.

To them, this means they’ve unearthed the first-ever “gay caveman.”

“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,” one of the archeologists told The Telegraph.

The paper said the remains were about 5,000 years old, but an exact age was unclear.

She added that by the way the body was positioned, and the objects found buried with him, this person lived either as a gay male or a transsexual female.

During that time men were typically buried facing west, with tools and weapons around them, whereas women were buried facing east, surrounded by pottery.

“We believe this is one of the earliest cases of what could be described as a ‘transsexual’ or ‘third gender grave’ in the Czech Republic,” they reportedly said during a press conference Tuesday.

The archeologists also noted that the only other find like theirs was an earlier dig that unearthed remains from the Mesolithic period, revealing a female warrior who had been buried as a man.

Updated from an original version.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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