Researchers Unearth 'First Gay Caveman'
Position of body suggests 'different sexual orientation,' say researchers
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 7, 2011 4:45 AM CDT
Researchers believe a burial outside Prague from the Copper Age represents a different sexual orientation.   (?kevindooley)

(Newser) – The first known "gay caveman" has been unearthed in a dig outside Prague, researchers believe. Archeological team members based their conclusion on the fact that the male body was interred in a ritualistic way reserved for females. "We know people from this period took funeral rites very seriously so it is highly unlikely that this positioning was a mistake," said the lead archaeologist. "Far more likely is that he was a man with a different sexual orientation—homosexual or transsexual," she added.

The body dates to as long ago as 2900 BC, reports the Telegraph, and was buried with the head pointing east and surrounded by domestic jugs. Men at the time were buried facing west and surrounded by weapons and tools. "What we see here doesn't add up to traditional Corded Ware cultural norms," said the team leader. Another researcher classified it as "one of the earliest cases of what could be described as a 'transsexual' or 'third gender' grave."

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sagank
May 24, 2011 12:11 AM CDT
I think it's hilarious scientist jump to the conclusion that bones are "gay" because of their burial when their not even sure of the gender. This is also a stretch to assume that early "cave men" were open to that sort of sexual orientation. They must have been if they gave them a proper burial. Testicular feminization syndrome is a disorder that causes men to develop as females and vice versa due to non functioning hormone receptors. The person could have lived their whole life as the opposite sex without knowing their actual genotype. It's good to know that our "scientists" look at lifestyle preference and feelings before actual science.
iamtish
Apr 18, 2011 1:43 AM CDT
Humans are still evolving, and probably always will. may it be into complete idiots, we are still evolving. Science has proven unreliable, because they leak information before anything is fully determined. it lack reason to "speculate" whether a caveman from so many years ago really is gay, in theory we could just as easily say if there are gays now there must have been back then, the fact is there will be no proof beyond reasonable doubt so it proves absolutely pointless to squabble about such things. why not put all this energy into something POSITIVE like national unity, we are so focused on what makes us different and not on what brings us together. liberal, conservative, left wing, right wing...seriously what does this "gay" caveman have to do with politics? what does he have to do with anything other than some scientist declaration of his sexuality? and what do we truly know about their rituals and way of life...again it's speculation...so grow up, let your balls drop and quit acting like a bunch of children arguing over who's is bigger because frankly...it makes you all look dumb!
Mojave_Ed
Apr 10, 2011 5:28 PM CDT
132 comments into this discussion and no one has posited that the individual had been "demoted" to the role of woman in his society. You have to look no further than any male penitentiary to see THAT in action. His burial may have been in line with his orientation or it may have been "bestowed" on him because of his failure in battle or the hunt. SCIENCE does not make rash conclusions. It presents a hypothesis and then looks for supportive or contrary evidence to stregthen or weaken the original idea. These are not very good researchers if they've already reached their conclusion!