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Ancient burial site unearthed in Prague
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An ancient graveyard has been discovered in the Czech Republic city of Prague, with experts estimating the site to go back to the third millennium B.C.


The site includes objects and human remains buried in a very special fashion to prompt experts propose hypotheses about the gender of the deceased, the Czech Archeological Society told a Press TV correspondent.

"We found one very specific grave of a man lying in the position of a woman, without gender specific grave goods, neither jewelry or weapons," reported the society's Kamila Remisova Vesinova.

"So we think based on data that it could be a member of a so-called third gender, which were people either with different sexual orientation or transsexuals or just people who identified themselves differently from the rest of the society,” she said.

During the excavation of the site, some objects and human remains were found which have been classified as being from the Stone Age's Corded Ware culture, existing sometime between 2,500 and 2,800 BC in the Northern European region.

The male grave with no gender-identifying hints came as a surprise to the archeologists given that the Corded Ware culture it follows has been identified as strictly separating male and female burial procedures.

Among the items discovered were remains of a Bronze Age settlement which included a single-room living area.

Many human remains and objects from earlier time periods have been found in Prague, which has caused most construction works to be now supervised by archeologists.

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