"Gay" Caveman Remains Found

This is a fascinating story. Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a male caveman buried in a traditionally female way, and have concluded that people's not following prescribed gender patterns is a phenomenon goes back to pre-recorded history (to which many of us would say, "duh.")

According to the story in the "The Telegraph:"

The male body – said to date back to between 2900-2500BC – was discovered buried in a way normally reserved only for women of the Corded Ware culture in the Copper Age. The skeleton was found in a Prague suburb in the Czech Republic with its head pointing eastwards and surrounded by domestic jugs, rituals only previously seen in female graves.

"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," said lead archaeologist Kamila Remisova Vesinova.

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

While terms like "gay" and "transgender" are essentially modern ways of categorizing sexuality and sexual/gender identity (that wouldn't necessarily, be applicable to societies like ancient Greece and Rome which had totally different sexual mores), this kind of archaeological evidence, if it's well-founded, certainly adds to the growing body of proof that strict gender roles are hardly "natural" or pre-ordained by biology.

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at April 7, 2011, 4:13am

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