Romeo & Juliet from Prehistory Find Home in Mantua

| Fri, 04/25/2014 - 02:00

Their embrace goes back at least 6,000 years, but they only became famous in 2007, when their tomb was discovered in Valdaro, near Mantua. Now, after a long period spent in a wooden crate, the skeletons of the so-called “Valdaro lovers,” a woman of about 16-20 years of age and a man of 18-22, have finally found a home.

It is at the Archaeological Museum of Mantua, where they are on permanent display inside a shatterproof glass case. Experts have described the skeletons as an example of double burial dating back to Neolithic times, but their special position lends itself to more romantic interpretations, so much so that someone has renamed them the "Romeo and Juliet from prehistory". 

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