Saturday, November 05, 2011

Article: The skeletons who have been holding hands for 1,500 years - mirror.co.uk

The skeletons who have been holding hands for 1,500 years - mirror.co.uk
http://www.mirror.co.uk/most-popular/headlines/2011/11/04/skeletons-who-have-been-holding-hands-for-1-500-years-115875-23536250/

The skeletal remains of a Roman-era couple reveal the pair has been holding hands for 1,500 years (Pic: Rex Features)

The skeletal remains of a Roman-era couple reveal the pair has been holding hands for 1,500 years (Pic: Rex Features)

THESE skeletons of a Roman-era couple buried in a final embrace have been unearthed in Italy.

Archaeologists excavating a palace found the remains of the lovers, who have held hands for 1,500 years.

The man and woman were discovered in a joint tomb in a palace in Modena.

Excavation director Donato Labate said: "I have been involved in many digs but I've never felt so moved."

The two skeletons, which are poorly preserved, will be studied to establish the couple's age, their relationship and the possible cause of death.