Saturday, December 5, 2009

Eternal Embrace


February 12, 2007 3:14 PM PST
It could be humanity's oldest story of doomed love. Archaeologists have unearthed two skeletons from the Neolithic period locked in an eternal embrace and buried outside Mantua, Italy, just 25 miles south of Verona, the city where Shakespeare set the star-crossed tale of Romeo and Juliet. After being found at the site where a factory is planned, people worldwide have speculated on the circumstances surrounding
the couple's death. The are thought to have died young because they both had all their teeth intact, but beyond that, the skeletons are a mystery. Archaeologists announced Monday that they will move the entire block of earth the skeletons are resting in for further study and eventual display in a museum.

Photo by NewsCom/Gamma Press


  1. Somehow I missed this story. Wow, what a find, and I'd love to hear the story you're writing about it.

  2. Oh Kass, what an image. It fills me with a sense of haunted sorrow, whether their's was an embrace of love or of anger, it still leaves so many unanswered questions and evokes such strong emotions.

    It's an image that will stay with me.

  3. Thanks for the picture and information -the imagination immediately makes stories -- just as your immediate recall of the Romeo and Juliet story came to mind.

  4. An interesting story. Love does prevail. Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to leave me a message. It was appreciated xx

  5. My first thought was they looked cold. I wondered how they died. Perhaps of the cold? Maybe they were huddled together for warmth.

  6. Marie - If I were to write a story, it would probably be that the two choked each other to death. That's not the immediate scenario that came to me, but I'm always looking for a different angle.

    Elisabeth - I agree with the strength of this image. It really produces a lot of emotions in me too.

    June - I wish that I could say I came up with the Romeo and Juliet reference, but I just copied the NewsCom/Gamma Press article.

    Jasmine - Yes, I agree. Love does prevail, but only if we hang in there with this in mind (and body).

    Jim - Good point. I hadn't thought of that.

  7. Just 25 miles south of Verona. Food for thought indeed...

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  9. That is quite a hauntingly powerful image. Thanks for sharing it. I hadn't come across this anywhere else.

  10. Dick and John - Thanks for stopping by - the food for thought thing goes both ways. I find much on your blogs that I chew over for hours.

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