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It Seems a Shame to Separate Them Now

Did they somehow know they were dying, of whatever cause, and decide to lie down, wrap their arms and legs around each other and die while looking into each other’s eyes? 

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These skeletons, recently discovered in Italy - a couple not only hugging but what appears to be completely intertwined - are thought to be 5,000 to 6,000 years old.

According to the BBC, -- "The pair from the Neolithic period were discovered outside Mantua, about 40km (25 miles) south of Verona. The pair, almost certainly a man and a woman, are thought to have died young as their teeth were mostly intact, said chief archaeologist Elena Menotti.

"It's an extraordinary case," said Ms Menotti. "There has not been a double burial found in the Neolithic period, much less two people hugging - and they really are hugging," she told Reuters news agency. --

Arrowheads and a knife were found beside the couple, along with other tools, but there will have to be more study by scientists and archeologists to determine how and when they died and, hopefully, how and when they lived, although that will be a bit more difficult, no doubt.

While it will be science that determines what actually happened, it's hard not to let ones imagination supply the details.

Did they somehow know they were dying, of whatever cause, and decide to lie down, wrap their arms and legs around each other and die while looking into each other's eyes? Or maybe they were just peacefully sleeping, snuggled closely for warmth, and death came so suddenly that they didn't even have a chance to move. It's possible that they were positioned in this manner after death, by some ancient group of mortuary attendants with a romantic bent, but that seems the least likely to me. Not that I know much about ancient burial practices but even Ms. Menotti, who does, says "I've been doing this job for 25 years. I've done digs at Pompeii, all the famous sites, but I've never been so moved because this is the discovery of something special."

Maybe we'll never know... and maybe that's okay.


Posted by Nanette on 02/08 at 09:10 AM
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MMoak says...

"Arrowheads and a knife were also found beside the couple, along with other tools...”

Whoops?

-= Posted by MMoak on 02/09/07 =-
Nanette says...

Gasp! are you questioning my grammar? (I’ll fix it, lol)

-= Posted by Nanette on 02/09/07 =-

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