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    Archaeologist May Have Unearthed Prehistoric Lovers
    Researchers Said Double Burials From That Time Period Are 'Unheard Of'

    ROME -- It could be humanity's oldest story of doomed love.

    Archaeologists have unearthed two skeletons from the Neolithic period locked in a tender embrace and buried outside Mantua, just 25 miles south of Verona, the romantic city where Shakespeare set the star-crossed tale of "Romeo and Juliet."

    Buried between 5,000 and 6,000 years ago, the prehistoric pair are believed to have been a man and a woman and are thought to have died young, as their teeth were found intact, said Elena Menotti, the archaeologist who led the dig.

    "As far as we know, it's unique," Menotti told The Associated Press by telephone from Milan. "Double burials from the Neolithic are unheard of, and these are even hugging."

    The burial site was located Monday during construction work for a factory building in the outskirts of Mantua. Alongside the couple, archaeologists found flint tools, including arrowheads and a knife, Menotti said.

    Experts will now study the artifacts and the skeletons to determine the burial site's age and how old the two were when they died, she said.

    Luca Bondioli, an anthropologist at Rome's National Prehistoric and Ethnographic Museum, said double prehistoric burials are rare -- especially in such a pose -- but some have been found holding hands or having other contact.

    The find has "more of an emotional than a scientific value." But it does highlight how the relationship people have with each other and with death has not changed much from the period in which humanity first settled in villages and learning to farm and tame animals, he said.

    "The Neolithic is a very formative period for our society," he said. "It was when the roots of our religious sentiment were formed."

    The two bodies, which cuddle closely while facing each other on their sides, were probably buried at the same time, possibly an indication of sudden and tragic death, Bondioli said.

    "It's rare for two young people to die at the same time, and that makes us want to know why and who they were, but it will be very difficult to find out."

    He said DNA testing could determine whether the two were related, "but that still leaves other hypotheses; the 'Romeo and Juliet' possibility is just one of many."

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    Rest in Peace - Darrent (27) and Damien (29

  • #2
    Ahhh you didnt have the pic ...its touching even if its six thousand years old and only bones.
    Rest in Peace, Darrent and Damien. You will be forever in our thoughts


    • #3
      Originally posted by SmithOverTO
      Ahhh you didnt have the pic ...its touching even if its six thousand years old and only bones.
      Oops - here is link

      Thanks to Bronco4Life and Medford Bronco for signature

      Rest in Peace - Darrent (27) and Damien (29


      • #4
        Interesting article.

        Linky to pic

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        • #5
          I saw the pic yesterday and it touched me. I thought it was sweet. I saved the pic, I don't know what for. Perhaps I'm just a total romantic, but it was very sweet.
          Ready for the friggen season already!


          • #6
            Denver - this is a great photo of 'through thick and thin'.
            "War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.

            John Stuart Mill (Look him up )


            • #7
              Anthropology is cool. No wonder it's my second major.


              • #8
                They could be lovers and related. Would it still be sweet?!

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