Archaeologists have uncovered the 5,000-year-old remains of what they believe was a gay or transsexual person in the Czech Republic.
“We believe this is one of the earliest cases of what could be described as a ‘transsexual’ or ‘third gender grave,'” said archaeologist Katerina Semradova at a press conference on Tuesday.
The Telegraph reported that the male skeleton was buried in a position that was normally associated with women in the Corded Ware culture in the Copper Age.
Among this group of people, men were usually buried on their right side with their heads pointing west, while women were buried on their left side with their heads pointing east.
“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.
Semradova commented that, in a separate case, archaeologists had previously discovered a female warrior from the Mesolithic period who was buried as a man.
Some archaeologists have slammed the use of the word “caveman” by the media to describe the remains, noting that the Corded Ware culture people were most likely farmers with settlements.
The culture got its name from the cord marks used to decorate its pottery.