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The Lovers of Valdaro

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The 5000 year embrace.

5000 years, where does the time go? I know this couple was in the news a week ago, I figured if they could wait 5000 years, they could wait another week to be blogged about on Valentine’s Day. This Neolithic (late stone age) couple was excavated in Northern Italy, exactly as they were buried fifty centuries ago. Before the Pyramids, before Stonehenge, possibly even before taxes…though that’s unlikely. It’s a very unusual burial, unique in fact. They were young, that much we know since their teeth were in good shape. And that’s about all scientists can say right now, in fact it’s not even certain that they were male and female. Eep.

Oddly enough, they were found near the town of Verona…where Shakespeare’s immortal Romeo and Juliet dwelt. That and the fact that they appear to be in a loving embrace has fuelled much speculation. Young lovers who died in a tragic accident? Star crossed lovers who committed suicide together? We don’t know and we may never know, but it’s still a wonderful find. All we know for sure is that they were buried in what to almost everyone in history then and hence would regard as a loving embrace.

Even better, it was announced today that they will remain together and not be removed bone by bone as is usually the case in archaeological excavations. Scientists have feelings too, though having to guard the site 24/7 from looters and the curious figured in the decision as well. The couple will be removed intact and preserved as they were buried. There was some call to leave them in place, but apparently it wasn’t practical due to development to occur on the site. 5000 years is longer than most people get to lay in their graves, especially in Europe, so I’m sure they would understand.

It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy to know that even our stone age ancestors had a romantic side. I hope everyone has a great Valentine’s Day. And for the record ladies: I’m single, intelligent, handsome, rich…and sometimes prone to exaggeration. ;)

(The above image is claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law. It is not being used for profit, it is an historically important image, and it is central to illustrating the post.)


Written by unitedcats

February 14, 2007 at 9:58 am

Posted in History, Philosophy, Science

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  1. Hey Doug, you sound perfect. Although, I’m sometimes prone to hyperbole. ;)

    Happy VD day.


    February 14, 2007 at 10:06 am

  2. This is such a nice change!!! Happy Valentine’s Doug!!

    tomorrow!! More Iraq stories!!!



    February 14, 2007 at 10:46 am

  3. “VD day? ”
    What a dope.
    I hadn’t had my coffee yet. gaaaa


    February 14, 2007 at 1:03 pm

  4. What an awesome discovery. I wonder what the fate of these two was. The possibilities are endless…
    In fact it’s a great inspiration for a story.

    Hope your VD (!!) day was fruitful, Doug!

    Miss Demeanor

    February 15, 2007 at 5:50 pm

  5. Hopeful romantic. Nice.


    February 17, 2007 at 12:22 am

  6. The 6,000-year-old Lovers of Valdaro (near Mantova, Italy – where else if not in the Land of Love) were found accidentally during escavations in the industrial area of that name.
    The skeletons seem still to transpire mutual love .
    Mantova, by the way is South of Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet, the city were Romeo went after killing Tybalt.
    The finding gives a kernel of truth and, more, of reality to the Greek legend of Pyramos (-us) and Thisbe, the fictional ancestors of Romeo and Juliet, as recounted by Ovidius (see, the first record of sentimental/romantic love. The legend goes back to Babylon at the time of the equally legendary Queen Semiramis (c. 1000-800BC), after she killed her husband King Ninos (that is another type of love called the Black Widow’s – still very common today) .
    The lovers of Valdaro show that such sentimental and romantic love may have been felt very strongly and have been recognized back to the late Magdalenian at least.

    Dr Massimo-F. Buonaiuto

    February 19, 2007 at 12:04 am

  7. I ran across this picture (actually several times now lol) but this was the first time I had seen it so the spot notice goes to you .

    I looks like the two were killed and left burried in one anothers arms as a disrespect to them both givin that they were both out in the boonies and not in marked graves . There again I doubt after 6K years there would be a marking that would be able to be found.

    On the more romantic side I picture them at the edge of a natural disaster perhaps a flood or land slide and they were bound tightly to one another hoping for the world to go away and leave them to their hearts . And it did .

    Very powerful finding as it shows the humans basic desire to find companionship and that what me make of love was very much alive then as it is now .

    When they said FOREVER.

    They really ment it .


    August 21, 2008 at 3:51 am

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