Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Couple found hugging for 5000 years will continue to hug for eternity

Remember the story about the prehistoric couple that was found hugging each other for 5000 years? Now, archaeologists say they will not be splitting the lovers. Hooray! From Scientific American:
In a Valentine's Day gift to the country, scientists said they are determined to remove and preserve together the remains of a couple buried 5,000 to 6,000 years ago, their arms still wrapped around each other in an enduring embrace.

Instead of removing the bones one-by-one for reassembly later, archaeologists plan to scoop up the entire section of earth where the couple was buried, they told Reuters.

The plot will then be transported for study before being put on display in an Italian museum, thereby preserving the world's longest known hug for posterity.

"We want to keep can them just as they have been all this time -- together," archaeologist Elena Menotti, who announced the discovery a week ago, told Reuters.

Previously: Couple hugs for 5000 years

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

anyone think about the fact they could be siamise twins?

Shy said...

Awwww... that's sweet!

xXx said...

I suspect it was a love suicide.

Creative Spirit said...

Hasn't anybody seen the play "Aida?" The two lovers in Aida were buried alive together, in an embrace, because they had broken a social taboo. Maybe it's like THAT! Just a thought...

Anonymous said...

SIAMISE TWINS?!!!
HAHAHA!
GOOD ONE.

dave seah said...

they are the real romeo n juliet.

Sir Thomas said...

Scientists would be able to tell more when they do a detailed study of the bones.

A DNA test will surely be done to see if they are related.

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