Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Couple Held Hands for 1,500 Years

Couple Held Hands for 1,500 Years : Discovery News
http://news.discovery.com/history/skeletons-lovers-ancient-italy-111021.html

A pair of skeletons still holding hands was found recently in Italy.

The man and woman were buried at the same time between the 5th and 6th century.

Two skeletons found in central-northern Italy reveal the couple was buried holding hands some 1,500 years ago. Click to enlarge this image.Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici dell’Emilia-Romagna

The skeletal remains of a Roman-era couple reveal the pair has been holding hands for 1,500 years.

Italian archaeologists say the man and woman were buried at the same time between the 5th and 6th century A.D. in central-northern Italy. Wearing a bronze ring, the woman is positioned so she appears to be gazing at her male partner.

“We believe that they were originally buried with their faces staring into each other. The position of the man’s vertebrae suggests that his head rolled after death,” Donato Labate, the director of the excavation at the archaeological superintendency of Emilia-Romagna, told Discovery News.

PHOTOS: Mummy Stash Found in Italian Church The tender discovery was made during ordinary construction work in Modena and was announced this week. Labate explained the dig revealed three layers of scientific interest.

The deeper layer, some 23 feet below the surface, contained the remains of Roman-era structures, including a calcara where mortar was produced. The ruins belonged to the suburbs of Modena, then called Mutina.