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Did Scientists Find a Gay Caveman?

That's what archaeologist Kamila Remisova Vesinova claimed. Her team has found evidence of a male skeleton 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.

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... Or that those holding the funeral were making fun of him.

Seems a lot less far-fetched to me. I guess that would achieve less media attention though.
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"we know that people from this period took funeral rites very seriously so it is highly unlikely that this positioning was a mistake"

What nonsense.

We "know" that people of the current time period take bombing building very seriously, so it's highly unlikely that any buildings that were blown up in this time were caused by people.

They find ONE anomaly and they're making up all these fantasies. Someone must be looking for a new dissertation topic.
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@ wyrda

Your theory is the far-fetched one. Why wouldn't there be homosexuality with our early ancestors?

Why this news is shocking or surprising to some people mainly testifies to their ignorance and/or close mindedness.
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It seems much more likely that this skeleton, in life, filled the cultural role of a woman. And I seriously doubt that this role was relegated to sex with men. It seems far more likely that this skeleton lived as a woman and was regarded as either a woman or as a feminine figure (such as other non-man or non-woman roles including berdache).

Not to mention that apply contemporary terms like homosexual or transsexual to previous periods is insensitive to the culture of origin.
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They can speculate that the person buried was assigned a feminine role, but that's a LONG way from being able to speculate on his orientation. The problem is that many people still confuse sexual orientation and gender identity. They are not the same thing.
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@Richard Cranium
I was drinking when i read your comment...thanks a lot...i had to hurry up and clean the liquid out my keyboard...too funny
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@hmm...

I never said I doubted the existence of homosexuality in our ancestors.

I never anything about it being shocking or surprising either.

Please make up more bullshit to imply that I am ignorant/close-minded
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The glaringly basic problem with this story made me so mad that I actually decided I was going to drive myself nuts (yet again) by trying to change my password on this site so that I could log in and leave a comment. (Amazingly, it worked this time.)

Homosexuality IS an orientation. Being transgender/transexual is NOT, NOT, NOT a sexual orientation. There are both straight and gay transgendered people. How did this slip past? I guess you could say that maybe it's understandable for the moderator of a website to not catch it, but what kind of researcher would make such a mistake? It really makes you question the validity of the entire thing.
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I just thought cave people tended to do whatever moved, regardless of gender. Heck, they probably did inanimate objects, too.

Kinda naive to assign our own historic stereotypes to prehistoric people.

Burial rites change over time; maybe they were trying something out.
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@ Ben Eshbach

In previous comments I was addressing other things than whether or not the person was gay or not.
I didn't even give it much thought and will admit that I assumed the archeologist new what she was talking about. But as I said my previous comments were not about that. So go f**k yourself.
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If you go and find the original articles, translated from Czech, you will find that the actual scientists say "transexual/transgendered" NOT gay. The gay part got added by the tabloids. People constantly conflate gender identity with sexual orientation.
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