They died young and, by the looks of it, in love.Two skeletons have been found by Archaeologists in Mantua – Italy locked in an embrace. Almost certainly a man and a woman,they 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.
Flint tools, including arrowheads and a knife, were also found alongside the couple.
Scientists will now study the skeletons and artefacts to work out how and when the two people died, Ms Menotti said.
“I must say that when we discovered it, we all became very excited,” she said.
“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,” she said.
The skeletons of two prehistoric humans found buried locked in an embrace last week will continue to keep the heart-warming pose this Valentine’s day. Archaeologists in Italy, who unearthed the rare Neolithic era burial, are planning to scoop out the entire section of the earth to preserve the integrity of the pose.
“We will work to keep them together,” Elena Menotti, the archaeologist who led the dig told the AP. “Removing the turf in one piece will preserve the position and allow us to collect more data on the burial.”