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.
One theory being examined is that the man was killed and the woman was then sacrificed so that his soul would be accompanied in the after life by his true love.
Elena Menotti, who is leading the dig at Valdaro near
"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.”
The burial site was located
Experts now will study the artifacts and the skeletons to determine the burial site's age and how old the two were when they died, she said.
Looks like we had a Weird World even 5,000 years ago!
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