"It's an extraordinary case," said Elena Menotti, who led the team on their dig near the northern city of Mantova.View the photos of the embracing skeletons here.
"There has not been a double burial found in the Neolithic period, much less two people hugging -- and they really are hugging."
Menotti said she believed the two, almost certainly a man and a woman although that needs to be confirmed, died young because their teeth were mostly intact and not worn down.
(Thanks Mr Big)
[This is as rare as going shopping for diamonds and returning content with any other jewelry item. When we go for rings, we never come back with earrings.]