5,000 Year Old Gay Man Found

A Question of Orientation

Archeologists in the Czech Republic have found the 5,000 year old bones of a man they believe was homosexual.
In the corded ware* culture, which lasted* from the late stone age until the early bronze age, men were usually buried* facing* west and lying on their right side, and women exactly the opposite. Men were buried with weapons* and tools,* women were buried with their jewelry.The body that was found was that of a man who was buried as a woman.
“From history and ethnology we know that people from this period took funerals* very seriously so it is highly unlikely* that this positioning* was a mistake,” said lead archeologist Kamila Remisova Vesinova.  “Far more likely is that he was a man with a different sexual orientation, homosexual or transsexual.”
The man lived between 2,900 and 2,500 B.C.*
Vocabulary:
corded ware – šňůrková keramika
last – trvat
be buried – být pohřben
facing – situovaný
weapon – zbraň
tool – nástroj
funeral – pohřeb
unlikely – nepravděpodobný
positioning – poloha
B.C. – před Kristem
Question for discussion:
What else could explain the burial?