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19 October 2011

Skeletons reveal final embrace of Roman lovers

The remains are thought to be at least 1,500 years old and seem to show the female looking lovingly at her male partner. 

Ancient skeletons of a man and woman who were buried together holding hands have been found in Modena, northern Italy [Credit: Metro]
The bones were discovered by workers renovating a palace in Modena, northern Italy, and were located inside the walls of the building. 

The man and women are thought to have been members of the nobility during the final days of the Roman Empire. 

'It is a very touching scene and very rare,' said one archaeologist.  

Modena, which was known as Mutina in ancient times, was used by the Romans as a military base both against the barbarians and in the civil wars in the years before the fall of Roman Empire. 

When Attila the Hun invaded Italy in the 5th century it is said a great fog hid the city from his army, ensuring its survival until it was buried in a great flood in the 7th century. 

A similar pair of skeletons, thought to be between 5,000 and 6,000 years old, were found in nearby Mantua in 2007. 

That man and woman were thought to have died while young and then been buried locked in a loving embrace. 

Source: Metro [October 19, 2011]

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