6,000-Year-Old Lovers Make Debut In Italy

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This weekend the Lovers of Valdaro, two skeletons found wrapped in an embrace, were displayed for the first time at Mantua's Archaeological Museum. The bones date back to the Neolithic era and were found face to face with their arms and legs entwined in 2007. There's no sign that the man and woman, who were around 18 to 20 years old, died a violent death. Some believe they died holding each other on a freezing night, though it's more likely that they were just buried in that position. Fans of the Lovers in Mantua are campaigning to give them a permanent spot in the museum, now that they've been moved from the grave they shared for 6,000 years.

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I remember seeing a photo of the Lovers in National Geographic waaaay back in the 80's, when I was a young kid. Even then, I thought these two were so hauntingly beautiful, and the image has always stayed with me. I'm glad they're being cared for.

ETA: The article says they were uncovered in 2007, so that obviously doesn't mesh with my childhood recollection. Was there another similar burial uncovered somewhere? Pompeii, perhaps? I remember romantic skeletons, dammit!