Locked in an eternal embrace
Last updated at 23:57pm on 6th February 2007
Their loving embrace has lasted an eternity - well 5000 years to be precise
"We have never found a man and a woman embraced before and this is a unique find.
"We have found plenty of women embracing children but never a couple. Much less a couple hugging -- and they really are hugging. It's possible that the man died first and then the woman was killed in sacrifice to accompany his soul.
"From an initial examination they appear young as their teeth are not worn down but we have sent the remains to a laboratory to establish their age at the time of death.
"They are face to face and their arms and legs are entwined and they are really hugging.
"I am so thrilled at this find. I have been involved in lots of digs all over Italy but nothing has excited me as much as this."
"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."
An initial examination of the couple - dubbed the Lovers of Valdaro - revealed that the man (on the left in the picture) has an arrow in his spinal column while the woman has an arrow head in her side.
OK, maybe without the whole arrow thing, but you get the idea.
I'm a hopeless romantic.