We have heard and read many times that couples are made in heaven. I had absolutely no faith in this until I saw these couples skeletons of ancient times found in ancient archeological sites. How close these couples were to each other at the time of their death, their love can be guessed from this.
We do not know at all what was the state of these couples at the time of dying. Was the partner forced to die forcibly due to conservatism or did the partner agree to die with his lover himself? There are many questions for which we do not know the answers, but one thing can be strongly said that the love of these couples was extraordinary which has left mark on ancient history.
Diros Cave Couple, Greece 3800 B.C
This Neolithic couple embracing each other found by the archaeologists at an archaeological site near the Diros Caves in the Peloponnese region of Greece.
The couple age belongs to between 20 and 25 years old, and date back to 3,800 BC. They were surrounded by a number of grave goods including an ossuary, several ceramic urns, beads, and other offerings.
How this couple died is remains unknown.
The Diros cave is an archaeological site in the Mani region of the Peloponnese peninsula. In addition to being inhabited by early farmers, this site was used for burial and cult purposes. Archaeological evidence has revealed that this is one of the largest Neolithic burial sites ever found in Europe.
Siberian Couple 1700 B.C
In 2012, Siberian archaeologists in a village in the Novosibirsk region of Siberia found dozens of Bronze Age tombs containing the skeletal remains of couples holding onto each other in a loving embrace.
This couple remains is estimated to date between the 1700-1400 B.C. Many of the burials also contained grave goods bronze decorations, ceramic pottery, and weapons.
Kazakhstan Couple 3200 B.C
An ancient couple is being likened to ‘Romeo and Juliet’ after being uncovered buried in the ground next to the remains of two horses ‘pulling them on a chariot into the afterlife’.
The incredible 3000 B.C. grave was found in the Karaganda region of Kazakhstan.
Experts said the couple could have been together in their lifetime – meaning one of them could have taken their own life or was killed to be buried with the other.
Nearby archaeologists found a recreation of a bronze-age chariot being pulled by two horses sacrificed for the burial.
It’s thought this chariot-style tomb contained the remains of another couple and was designed to gallop the pair into the afterlife.
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Gay Lover of Pompeii 79 A.D
It is an iconic image that conveys the human dimension of one of the world’s worst natural disasters that still resonates 2,000 years later.
Two bodies found wrapped in a poignant embrace in their final moments as they were covered beneath molten rock and layers of ash in the ancient city of Pompeii when Mount Vesuvius violently erupted in 79 A.D.
The bodies were dubbed “The Two Maidens” when they were first discovered but in a startling discovery this week scientists found the two bodies were actually male – raising speculation that they may have been gay lovers.
Indus Valley Couple 2500 B.C
Between 4500 and 2500 BC, the bodies of a couple in Indus Valley believed to be married, were placed carefully side by side in an ancient burial site of the Harappans, one of the world’s earliest civilizations.
Observation revealed that they died at the same time and they were buried at the same time.
The skull of the man was found facing the body of his female partner. They were intimately placed in the burial.
So maybe they shared a very intimate relationship and were probably husband and wife.
Lovers of Valdaro 3200 B.C
The Lovers of Valdaro, are a pair of human skeletons dated approximately 3200 B.C. They were discovered by archaeologists at a Neolithic tomb in San Giorgio near Mantua, Italy, in 2007.
It is speculated that the pair is a male and female no older than 20 years old at death and approximately 1.57 m (5 ft 2 in) in height.
The male skeleton was found with a flint arrowhead near the neck. The female had a long flint blade along the thigh, plus two flint knives under the pelvis.
The skeletons were displayed briefly in public for the first time in September 2011 at the entrance of the National Archaeological Museum of Mantua.
Seven years after their discovery, on 11 April 2014, they were permanently displayed inside a glass case in the National Archaeological Museum of Mantua.
Hasanlu Lovers 2800 B.C
The Hasanlu Lovers are human remains found at the Teppe Hasanlu archaeological site, located in the Solduz Valley in the West Azerbaijan Province of Iran, in 1972.
The image represents two human skeletons, seemingly in an embrace, which earned the photograph its title “Hasanlu Lovers” or “The 2800 Years Old Kiss“.
The skeleton on the right is lying on its back. Dental evidence suggests this was a young adult, possibly 19–22 years of age. The pelvis indicates a male.
Health appears to have been good with no apparent evidence of healed lifetime injuries.
The skeleton on the left is lying on its left side. It has been aged to about 30–35 years. Evidence of gender leans towards the male.
However, these human remains belong to different civilizations, different regions, different times but love between them remains the same. The human is mortal but love is certainly immortal. This is what we can extract from these couple’s skeletons. Over to you.
What is love for you? What do you think about love, can it be immortal?