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Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Oldest Known Gay Man?

Were there gay cavemen? It's only natural that earlier generations of humankind could be attracted to the same sex

Five thousand years after he died, the first known gay caveman has emerged into the daylight. Or the researches believe so..!

Archaeologists in the Czech Republic have unearthed the grave of what may be the remains of the oldest known homosexual or transgender man. The remains were found on the outskirts of Prague in the Czech Republic surrounded by jugs with his head pointing eastwards - the direction only previously evident in female graves.

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 researchers said, the man was on his left side with his head facing west.

According to Kamila Vesinova, who led the dig, the caveman might even have been a homosexual or transsexual.

In addition, the "gay caveman" was buried with household jugs, rather than the weapons, hammers and flint knives typically seen in graves of men.

"People from this period took funeral rites very seriously so it is highly unlikely this positioning was a mistake," she said, adding: "Far more likely is that he had a different sexual orientation, probably homosexual or transsexual."

An oval, egg-shaped container usually associated with female burials was also found at the feet of the skeleton.

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