Friday, February 09, 2007

The Romeo and Juliet of 5,000 Years Ago?

The exiled Romeo dreamed he died and Juliet's kisses breathed life back into his body. But tragically, the lifeless bodies of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers would soon lie side by side. Is it possible that this could have happened for real? Over 5,000 Years ago? Read on…

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 to 6,000 years ago, the prehistoric lovers are believed to have been a man and a woman and are thought to have died young, as their teeth were found intact.

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 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.”

The burial site was located Monday, February 5th, 2007 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 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!

I’m Average Joe


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