Archaeologists got a bit of romantic surprise when they uncovered these skeletons in their final embrace. Discovered near the northern Italian city of Mantova, the petrified pair are estimated to be over 5,000 years old and certainly the first of their kind. Lead archaeologist Elena Menotti says:
There has not been a double burial found in the Neolithic period, much less two people hugging — and they really are hugging. I must say that when we discovered it, we all became very excited. I’ve been doing this job for 25 years. I’ve done digs at Pompeii, all the famous sites. But I’ve never been so moved because this is the discovery of something special.
Menotti thinks they couple – who she believes to be a man and a woman, but we’d like to think are two men – died young, for their teeth are pretty much intact. Scientists are now working on confirming their age and time of death.