Couple skeleton holding hands found in ItalyPublished On: Sat, Oct 22nd, 2011 | Archaeology | By BioNews
A pair of 1,500-year-old skeletons holding hands was found recently in central-northern Italy.
According to Italian archaeologists, the skeletons are of a man and woman, who were buried at the same time holding hands between the 5th and 6th century AD.
The woman, who is wearing a bronze ring, is positioned in a way that she appears to be gazing at her male partner.
“We believe that they were originally buried with their faces staring into each other,” Discovery News quoted Donato Labate, the director of the excavation at the archaeological superintendency of Emilia-Romagna as saying.
“The position of the man’s vertebrae suggests that his head rolled after death.”
The discovery of the skeletons was made during an ordinary construction work in Modena.
Labate said that the dig revealed three layers of scientific interest.
The deeper layer, some 23 feet below the surface, contained the remains of Roman-era structures, including a calcara where mortar was produced.
The ruins belonged to the suburbs of Modena, then called Mutina.
“A middle layer, at a depth of about 10 feet, featured 11 burials, while a third stratification on top of the necropolis, revealed seven empty tombs,” Labate added.
The skeleton couple belonged to the 11 tomb necropolis, which was excavated by archaeologist Licia Diamanti.