Trans history unearthed in Prague, but existence of LGBTs in early cultures should be no surprise

Copper Age grave near Prague appears to be that of a trans woman.

Reports have surfaced this week on several websites with news of a grave unearthed in the Czech Republic of what archeologists are saying appears to be a transgender woman.

The grave, found in a suburb of Prague, contained a skeleton that, while anatomically male, was buried in the traditional manner of a woman. The UK LGBT news site Pink News reports that the skeleton and grave are thought to be about 5,000 years old, dating from between 2900 and 2500 B.C., and is from the Corded Ware culture of the Copper Age.

Archaeologists say that males from that era are usually found buried facing west, with their weapons interred with them. But this skeleton was buried in the manner reserved for women: facing east and surrounded by domestic jugs.

Pink News quotes Kamila Remišová, the head of the research team, as saying: “From history and ethnology, we know that when a culture had strict burial rules they never made mistakes with these sort of things.”

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Fear factors

Forget tricking and treating this Halloween season — Jim Shackelford says these spots will run a chill down your spine. Just keep an eye on what’s behind you.

Screams in Waxahachie is literally the scary equivalent of Scarborough Faire. With five haunted houses, psychic readers and live music, Shackelford recommends this as an ideal group outing. ScreamsPark.com.

The Fatal End in the West End is new to the scene, as paranormal archaeologists have opened an entrance into the lower level of the building which has disturbing legends. Who knew all this creepy stuff was happening under the fudge factory? DallasHaunt.com.

Shackelford says all we needed to know about Hatch and Kraven’s Slaughterhouse in Sherman is “you can shoot paintballs at zombies.” We’re there. SlaughterhouseSherman.com.

The Dallas Historical Society goes one better with down-home myths at its Haunted Dallas Tour, where haunted sites and cemeteries will give you a scary appreciation for this old town. DallasHistory.org.

For a different kind of history, read our conversation online at DallasVoice.com with Fortunato Mata from the Dallas Costume Shoppe. He celebrates his 67th Halloween this year dressing goblins.

— R.L.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition October 22, 2010

—  Kevin Thomas