An Amazing Discovery

I am a wartime veteran, a birdwatcher, outdoorsman and can be termed a number of other things including transvestite. None of my interests link with another, but recently I stumbled over an article which captured my attention in 2 ways: as a historian and a transvestite!

Archaeologists working on a 7,000 year old site in the Czech Republic recently uncovered a stone age village. Their work unlocked and recovered many of the secrets of those who lived there so long ago, but the major finding was the grave of a transvestite! Imagine that!

The skeleton in the grave was initially determined to be that of a woman because it had been placed on its left side with the head facing west and buried with pots and jugs. This is typical for a woman's burial in that time. A man, on the other hand, was laid to rest on his right side and head facing east. Weapons were usually placed in his grave.

However, upon examining the skeleton closely, experts quickly realized it was that of a man thus dashing all their previous conclusions. One expert stated the sjkeleton was "Likely a man with a different sexual orientation, homosexual or transvestite". Other parts of the article refer to the "Gay man". What struck me in the reading this was that the grave reflected the person's openness as to his/her sexual orientation and, most importantly, the apparent acceptance of his/her fellow villagers. The reverant and careful burial clearly confirms these 2 points. Who would ever imagined such an event from so long ago? Could we say this was a form of Paradise Lost when comparing to today's society?

The full story can be read by googling "Popular Archaeology" and, at the top, hit the "Daily Mail" button. Then scroll down to the May 6, 2012 issue. The entire story, complete with photos, is there.
janusatv janusatv
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1 Response Jan 11, 2013

Interesting story and thanks for sharing, Jan. Yes, different cultures throughout the world at different times have not only accepted those who were transgendered, but felt they had been blessed with special powers and thus were treated special. An example is the Zuni Indian culture and they still do.