This Couple Have Been Embraced In A Hug For 5,800 Years

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Updated on 4 Sep, 2018 at 6:19 pm


The remains of a couple who have been spooning for six millennia have been found in a cave in Greece.

The skeletons were discovered in 2013 but the announcement of the remains was made on Valentine’s Day 2015 because DNA tests to determine the sex of the skeletons needed to be done.

It is now determined that the skeletons belong to a man and a woman, who most likely died in an embrace.

The remains were found in Neolithic Diros Cave, Peloponnese in southern Greece, near the Alepotrypa Cave, which is an important prehistoric site.

The couple were somewhere in their twenties and further DNA will reveal whether they were related to each other.

Anastassia Papathanassiou, of the excavation team, said that the couple died holding each other but how they died will only be revealed by the DNA tests.

“Double burials in embrace are extremely rare,” the Greek Ministry of Culture said. “The skeletons of Diros represent one of the oldest, if not the oldest, found to this date,” it added.


The prehistoric remains were found curled up on their sides, spooning each other, and most likely died at the same time.