“Gay Caveman” found, claim archaeologists in a report in Daily Telegraph 6 April 2011 and Yahoo!7 News 7 April 2011.
Archaeologists in the Czech Republic have excavated the grave of a man who was laid on his left side with his head facing west. The grave also contained household jugs, including an oval shaped jug near his feet, but no weapons. The grave is dated as between 2900 and 2500 BC and the archaeologists claim that in the culture of this time and location men were buried on their right side, with their heads facing east, and had weapons, flint knives and hammers placed in their graves. Women were buried on their left side, accompanied with jewellery and household items.
Kamila Remisova Vesinova, who led the research, explained: “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. Far more likely is that he was a man with a different sexual orientation, homosexual or transvestite. What we see here does not add up to traditional Corded Ware cultural norms.” Another researcher claimed that although Siberian shamans (witch doctors) have been found buried on their left side and female warriors on their right, “This later discovery was neither of those. We believe this is one of the earliest cases of what could be described as a transvestite or third-gender grave in the Czech Republic.”
Since this report came out other anthropologists and archaeologists have been highly critical of the claims, according to a report in CNN 11 April 2011. John Hawks, of University of Wisconsin-Madison wrote in his blog: “Dudes! I could be wrong, but I think that to have a ‘gay caveman’, you need a skeleton that is both gay and a caveman. And this ain’t either”. Hawks pointed out you cannot tell anyone’s sexual orientation from a skeleton, and cavemen are supposed to have lived between 20,000 and 30,000 years ago. The Czech skeleton is dated much younger and should be classified as Neolithic. Kristina Killgrove of University of North Carolina commented that using the term “gay” to describe the man is “the application of a modern word to an ancient population”.
Editorial Comment: Hawks is correct – as this man has been dead for thousands of years there is no way of knowing his sexual behaviour just from his bones.
Killgrove is also correct – but we will go further. This case has all the hallmarks of modern Europeans who are obsessed with getting homosexuality accepted by a traditionally heterosexual society, setting out to impose their value system on an unrelated ancient society regardless of the facts. Everyone has noticed that for decades academics and the popular media have mounted a campaign promoting homosexuality as a normal aspect of human biology and behaviour. However, the Creator of human beings says otherwise. He made them for the union of marriage between one male and one female for life. (See Genesis 1-3 and Matthew 19:1¬7.)
Evidence News 13 April 2011
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