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Has the first gay caveman been unearthed? Add to ...

Archeologists have just uncovered what they believe is the earliest homosexual caveman. The remains of a man dating back to 2900-2500 B.C. were recently found just outside of Prague. Kamila Remisova Vesinova and her team of researchers believe he was gay because of how he was buried.

Men from the Corded Ware culture of the Copper Age are typically buried lying on their right side facing west, surrounded by weapons, hammers and knives.

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This caveman was found facing east surrounded by jugs and domestic items, in a burial intended exclusively for women.

According to Ms. Vesinova, people from this period took funeral rituals very seriously, proving that it's highly unlikely there was a mix-up in positioning.

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

This isn't the first time human remains from this period have been found positioned the opposite way. A Mesolithic warrior woman was discovered facing west, which according to researcher Katerina Semradova, hints that she too may have been homosexual.

There's no way to tell how homosexual cavemen were accepted in their society: but it might indicate homosexuals were given proper burials, even if sexual orientation was significant enough to determine how the body was placed.

As one blog points out, "We've got proof that at least some caveman cultures treated gays and lesbians with respect," a stark contrast to this poll that found 43 per cent of Americans think homosexuality is wrong.

What do you think: Do you believe the theory that this caveman was gay?

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