An ancient grave in Southern Greece held a message of love fit for Valentine’s Day. Death did not part one young couple, as even, in death, they embraced. An embrace — one that we would call “spooning”– that has lasted for 5,800 years.
Archaeologists released the photo of the young couple, a man and a woman, on Friday. MSN reports that it is believed the couple were buried as the died — tightly embracing.
“A senior member of the excavation team, Anastassia Papathanassiou, says the discovery — made in 2013 and publicized this week after DNA testing determined each skeleton’s sex — is the oldest of its kind in Greece. She says the couple most likely died holding each other.”
Papathanassiou stated the couple, estimated to be in their early twenties, were found near the Alepotrypa Cave. A cave that is part of the Diros Cave complex, an important prehistoric site. It is currently unclear how the couple died or if they were related. Further DNA testing should reveal the latter.
The Greek Culture Ministry spoke with Discovery about the find.
“Double burials in embrace are extremely rare,” the ministry said. “The skeletons of Diros represent one of the oldest, if not the oldest, found to this date.”
The skeletons of the couple date back to 3,800 B.C.E.
The site at which the couple was found has given archaeologist a plethora of finds.
“Excavations in recent years have yielded the remains of adults, children and even embryos.”
The site also contains an ossuary, four meters wide, containing the remains of dozens of bodies. Archaeologist call this find “unique” for the time.
“We believe with certainty that this place was used to deposit the dead for thousands of years,” the ministry said.
Recently, another rare discovery was found in Siberia. An ancient Neolithic grave housed the remains of a mother of twins that died during childbirth.
The loving couple will forever share the embrace. The fact they were buried in the intimate position suggests a heightened sense of importance given to families during that time. The discovery is quite stunning.
Love can outlast death. The 5,800 year-old embrace of a young couple proves that. Do you think they man and woman were siblings or lovers? In light of Valentine’s Day, and their given position, it could be assumed they were lovers.
[Photo Courtesy of AP Photo/Greek Culture Ministry]