Saturday, February 14, 2015

Love eternal: Remains of couple locked in 5,800-year-old hug unearthed in Greece


The remains of a man and woman in their early 20s, buried as they died nearly 6,000 years ago, were found locked in a tight embrace in Diros, southern Greece.

ATHENS, Greece — Death did not part them.

Archaeologists in southern Greece have discovered the grave of a man and woman buried as they died some 5,800 years ago — still 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. 



The remains were found near the Alepotrypa Cave in Diros.

Papathanassiou told The Associated Press on Friday that the remains of the couple, estimated to be in their 20s, were found near the Alepotrypa Cave, an important prehistoric site.

It's unclear how they died and whether they were related, but Papathanassiou says further DNA testing should answer the latter question
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For the rest of the story: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/remains-couple-locked-5-800-year-old-hug-unearthed-article-1.2115104

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