February 9, 2007

Prehistoric Romeo and Juliet?

"O, here
Will I set up my everlasting rest
And shake the yoke of inauspicious stars
From this world weary flesh."
(Romeo and Juliet 5.3.109-112)

Two (skeleton) lovers were recently found outside the fair city of Verona and they are at least 5000 years old!

"The two bodies, which cuddle closely while facing each other on their sides, were probably buried at the same time, an indication of a possible sudden and tragic death, Bondioli said. 'It's rare for two young people to die at the same time, and that makes us want to know why and who they were, but it will be very difficult to find out.'"
"Although the Mantua pair strike a rare and touching pose, archaeologists have found prehistoric burials in which the dead hold hands or have other contact, said Luca Bondioli, an anthropologist at Rome's National Prehistoric and Ethnographic Museum."

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