Thursday, April 7, 2011

A gay caveman has been found

Fossils are science (II).

Two years ago I posted a story about an important archaeological find, a 47 million year old ancestor.

Now archaeologists in the Czech Republic have found the 5,000 year old remains of a gay man. The skeletal remains were positioned in the way that women were normally buried, and were surrounded by domestic jugs rather than flint knives and hammers, as men were normally buried. In addition, the head of the body was positioned toward the east when buried, as the remains of women were.* Men were buried with their heads toward the west.

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.

Picture from the Daily Mail UK

Not only is this significant in that it shows homosexuality has been a factor throughout human existence, but it also indicates that it was accepted at the time.

*I noticed that one article stated the head was facing east, and the other said it was facing west. But both articles pointed to the importance of the direction and indicated the head was facing east. I think the one article just misstated the direction.

"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.

This is an important anthropological and ethnological find.