Archeologists have uncovered a unique grave. The site is the final resting place of a man and a woman. The couple, it appears, were buried together. Researchers are now speculating on the circumstances, and believe the woman may have climbed into the grave while she was still alive and been buried with the man.
The well preserved skeletons were found in Ukraine and were buried more than 3,000 years ago near what is now the city of Ternopil.
The Bronze age couple is being mythologized by archeologists who insist that the position of the woman would have been impossible to achieve if the woman had been dead at the time of burial.
The couple are believed to be from the Vysotskaya Culture.
“Professor Mykola Bandrivsky – who conducted a study of ‘loving couple burials’ – said: ‘It is a unique burial, a man and a woman lying there, hugging each other tight,” Daily Mail writes.
“Both faces were gazing at each other, their foreheads were touching.”
“The woman was lying on her back, with her right arm she was tenderly hugging the man, her wrist lying on his right shoulder.”
“The legs of the woman were bent at the knees – lying on the top of the men’s stretched legs.”
“Both the dead humans were clad in bronze decorations, and near the heads was placed some pottery items – a bowl, a jar and three bailers.”
Dr Bandrivsky directs the Transcarpathian branch of the Rescue Archaeological Service of the Institute of Archeology of Ukraine. She notes that the appearance of emotion from the woman’s skeleton is unique among the couples she has seen buried from this period.
“From our point of view, this women did it voluntarily,” she said. “Maybe, the woman did not want to live with some other man, and get used to some new way of life. So she preferred to pass away with her husband.”
“We suppose such a decision was dictated only by her own desire, and her attempt to stay with her beloved one.”