5,800 Couple In Embrace? Greek archaeologists find remains of embracing couple in Neolithic tomb

5,800 Couple In Embrace? Greek archaeologists find remains of embracing couple in Neolithic tomb

A rare archaeological find in southern Greece has unearthed the skeletons of a 6,000-year-old couple, locked in an embrace.

The pair in their early 20s were found buried together in southern Greece at a dig site known as Alepotrypa Cave, reports AP. And as Discovery News observes, it appears that they were spooning in their final moments.

It’s not clear how they died—maybe an earthquake or maybe something to do with the broken arrowheads found nearby, but more analysis of the remains awaits.

They’re not the first ancient couple to be discovered buried in an embrace, but they might be the earliest. “Double burials in embrace are extremely rare,” says the Greek Ministry of Culture. “The skeletons of Diros represent one of the oldest, if not the oldest, found to this date.” (This 14th-century couple were holding hands when they died.)