Love is forever, right?

Archaeologists Find Remains of Couple Locked in a Hug After More Than 5,000 Years

They do say that, right!? Love lasts forever?

Well, here it is – the city where the exiled Romeo dreamed he died and Juliet’s kisses breathed life back into his body. Tragically, the lifeless bodies of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers would soon lie side by side. Yesterday at Mantua, in an amazing echo of that heartrending story, archaeologists revealed the discovery of a couple locked in a tender embrace, one that has endured for more than 5,000 years.

Scientists happened upon the skeletons locked in embrace when they were digging at an industrial estate in Valdaro, located near Mantua in northern Italy. They’re now trying to establish how old each person was when they died and when their death was.
The woman leading the dig said she was “thrilled.”

“We have never found a man and a woman embraced before and this is a unique find,” Elena Menotti said. “We have found plenty of women embracing children but never a couple. I’ve been doing this job for 25 years,” she said, “But I’ve never been so moved because this is the discovery of something special.”

The man has an arrow in his spinal column; the woman has an arrowhead in her side. Menotti said it’s possible that the man died first, and the woman was sacrificed after to accompany his soul in the afterlife.

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Posted on February 7, 2007, in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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