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Remains of first gay caveman discovered
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Sydney, April 07, 2011
First Published: 18:05 IST(7/4/2011)
Last Updated: 18:20 IST(7/4/2011)

Archaeologists have found what could be the remains of the world's first gay caveman.

The observation suggesting that the remains belong to a gay man is based on the way he was buried and condition in which the remains were actually found. For, the remains, dating back to 2500-2900 BC, had been buried in a way normally reserved for women of the Stone Age "Corded Ware" culture.

The remains were found in the Czech Republic, with the skull facing eastwards and surrounded by domestic jugs - rituals only previously seen in female graves, Perth Now reports.

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

"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."

In Corded Ware culture, men were buried lying on their right side with their heads pointing west - alongside tools, weapons, food and drink. Women, however, were buried on their left sides with jewellery and pottery.

Archaeologists say, the way he was buried suggested that he was of a different sexual persuasion.

The skeleton of the late Stone Age man, unearthed during excavations in the Czech Republic, is said to date back to between 2900 and 2500 BC.

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


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