Real-life Romeo and Juliet

This is so romantic, yet so sad. Archaeologists found a pair of 5,000 year-old human skeletons hugging each other in Italy. It looks like they were a young couple when they perished. Is it a coincidence they were found one week before Valentine's Day? I don't think so. This year, appreciate the ones you love, not just on Valentine's but every moment you take a breath together. Ah, I've done it. I got all sappy on you. Just wanted to share. Happy Valentine's.

From Reuters:

Archaeologists in Italy have discovered a couple buried 5,000 to 6,000 years ago, hugging each other.

"It's an extraordinary case," said Elena Menotti, who led the team on their dig near the northern city of Mantova.

"There has not been a double burial found in the Neolithic period, much less two people hugging -- and they really are hugging."

Menotti said she believed the two, almost certainly a man and a woman although that needs to be confirmed, died young because their teeth were mostly intact and not worn down.

"I must say that when we discovered it, we all became very excited. I've been doing this job for 25 years. I've done digs at Pompeii, all the famous sites," she told Reuters.

"But I've never been so moved because this is the discovery of something special."

A laboratory will now try to determine the couple's age at the time of death and how long they had been buried.

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