The body was buried pointing eastwards and surrounded by domestic crockery, rituals normally reserved for female graves (men were buried pointing west, surrounded by manly things such as flint knives).
Couldn’t it just be a mix-up or a Copper Age practical joke? “It is highly unlikely that this positioning was a mistake,” says the lead archeologist, Kamila Remisova Vesinova. “Far more likely is that he was a man with a different sexual orientation.”
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano’) about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman’s Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia’ column for Dancing Times magazine.