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    Romeo & Juliet? Archeological find in Italy

    • Shermayne Brown

      In 2007, the skeletons of a couple locked together in an embrace were found outside of Mantua, Italy. The skeletons belong to a man and a woman between the ages of 18-20 who died over 6,000 years ago. How’s that for eternal love?

    • Diane Tisseur | Photographer

      I recall this story. ~DT --- Previous Pinner: "True Love. Two skeletons from the Neolithic period locked in tender embrace outside Mantua, just 25 miles south of Verona, the romantic city where Shakespeare set the starcrossed tale of "Romeo and Juliet." Buried 5,000 to 6,000 years ago the prehistoric pair are believed to have died young, as their teeth are intact."

    • Wendy Dack

      Just makes me want to know what happened... A pair of human skeletons lie in an eternal embrace at an Neolithic archaeological dig site near Mantova, Italy, in this photo released Feb. 6, 2007. Archaeologists in northern Italy believe the couple was buried 5,000-6,000 years ago, their arms still wrapped around each other in a hug that has lasted millennia.

    • Michelle Martello

      neolithic skeletons found in Rome back in 2007, buried 5000-6000 years ago. I love this picture. Love is eternal.

    • Terry Irwin

      Two skeletons from the Neolithic outside Mantua, Buried 5,000 to 6,000 years ago the prehistoric pair are believed to have died young, as their teeth are intact.

    • Maria Dominguez

      Together in Death This photo shows ancient human skeletons found in Italy at a construction site outside Mantua. Archaeologists unearthed the skeletons, believed to be a man and a woman, from the Neolithic period, buried between 5000 to 6000 years ago. It could be humanity's oldest story of doomed love.

    • wenzhou, yang

      These two skulls were found at 5000 years ago, their arms crossed each other and their body formed a heart- shape. Archaeologists estimated these two people are around 20 years old, and they think they are couple. Thus when I see this picture, I think it is unbelievable, it shows how far they love each other, death even cannot part them. This story is very hard to believe that actually happened in world.

    • Andrea Turk

      .tis the art of the soul we see ..ACT

    • teach art

      "Locked in Eternal Embrace" 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. The find was unearthed by experts digging at a neolithic site at a less than romantic industrial estate. Scientists are to examine the skeletons to try to establish how old they were when they died and how long they have been buried. One theory being examined is that the man was killed and the woman then sacrificed so that his soul would be accompanied in the after life. Elena Menotti, who is leading the dig at Valdaro near Mantua in northern Italy, said: 'I am so excited about this discovery. "We have never found a man and a woman embraced before and this is a unique find. "We have found plenty of women embracing children but never a couple. Much less a couple hugging -- and they really are hugging. It's possible that the man died first and then the woman was killed in sacrifice to accompany his soul. "From an initial examination they appear young as their teeth are not worn down but we have sent the remains to a laboratory to establish their age at the time of death. "They are face to face and their arms and legs are entwined and they are really hugging. "I am so thrilled at this find. I have been involved in lots of digs all over Italy but nothing has excited me as much as this." "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." An initial examination of the couple - dubbed the Lovers of Valdaro - revealed that the man (on the left in the picture) has an arrow in his spinal column while the woman has an arrow head in her side. The area has already given up a spectacular Roman villa. Five thousand years ago the area around Mantua was marshland and criss-crossed by rivers and the environment has helped preserve the skeletons in their near perfect state. The tribes of the area thrived through hunting and fishing and travelled along the waterways in boats but even then the simple hunter gatherer lifestyle was being replaced by livestock rearing, weaving and pottery. In Romeo and Juliet, Romeo is sent to Mantua for killing Tybalt Capulet in a swordfight. Romeo subsequently leaves the city and returns to Verona when he hears his love, Juliet, has died.

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