Tuesday, February 06, 2007

This is how I want to go

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.


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travelingal said...

I expect that picture will win some kind of award. It really makes a person think.

Woman with kids said...

I think that's so sweet, you know, without the painful dying part of it. My luck they'll find my skeleton forever immortalized on a toilet somewhere.

Iwanski said...

That's actually quite fascinating.

Xavier Onassis said...

Who would have imagined that 5000 year old skulls could still convey such emotion and affection?

I see living, breathing, human couples every day who don't display a fraction of the dedication to each other that these two skeletons do.

Their love still lives.

Who among us can say that 5000 years from now?

Joshua Xalpharis said...

I want a glass coffin, like Vladimir Lenin.

Preferably in the middle of a sex act, if possible. I will settle for a statue in Madam Toussad's if not.

I also feel the love that these two people once shared.

Dan said...

Cupid's original victims?

emawkc said...

I guess it would be inappropriate and immature to make a "bone" joke at this time?

Faith said...

Did David Stefanini's comment make anyone else feel sad? It made me feel sad...

I'm really curious as to how these two people died. I mean, did one die, and then the other was so sad that they curled up next to their dead body and died, too? Or was it a Pompei-like incident where they were buried, while clinging to each other, in a fast-moving slide of earth, ash, and lava? Was it a Romeo & Juliet type thing? Very, very curious...

emawkc said...

Faith, I think it was a murder-suicide with a bow and arrow.

Faith said...

Heh. Yer funny, emaw. Made me giggle...

Xavier Onassis said...

Given the arrow wounds, I don't think it was Pompei thing.

I think they were both fatally wounded in some sort of conflict, managed to find and embrace each other knowing that death was imminent, and died in each other's arms, gazing lovingly into each other's eyes, each one comforting the other, 3000 years before Christ.

I have never seen a more powerful representation of enduring love than this simple photo. All of the art and poetry ever created can't even come close to conveying the truth contained in this picture.

emawkc said...

I'm sorry XO, I hate to do this but you leave us no choice. Your Cynics-R-Us card has officially been revoked.

Sheki said...

HSWG... I just read the linked article on this couple and thought you might be interested. It says that the archaeologists hope to keep the couple together as they do further research on them. Nice... and very romantic. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,251681,00.html