Young Couple Found in Embrace of 6K Years

They apparently died holding each other in Greece
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 14, 2015 7:07 AM CST
Ancient Couple Found in Embrace of 6K Years
The remains of a man and woman who apparently died in an embrace about 6,000 years ago in Greece.   (AP Photo/Greek Culture Ministry)

Your dose of Valentine's Day coupledom comes courtesy of archaeologists in Greece, who unearthed a man and woman locked in an embrace for about 6,000 years. The pair in their early 20s were found buried together in southern Greece at a dig site known as Alepotrypa Cave, reports AP. And as Discovery News observes, it appears that they were spooning in their final moments.

It's not clear how they died—maybe an earthquake or maybe something to do with the broken arrowheads found nearby, but more analysis of the remains awaits. They're not the first ancient couple to be discovered buried in an embrace, but they might be the earliest. “Double burials in embrace are extremely rare,” says the Greek Ministry of Culture. "The skeletons of Diros represent one of the oldest, if not the oldest, found to this date." (This 14th-century couple were holding hands when they died.)

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