In what was called a “stunning discovery,” the remains of a man and woman locked in an embrace were found at an archaeological site near the Diros Caves in the Peloponnese.
The find dates back to around 3800 B.C., Giorgos Papathanassopoulos, who has led excavation work there since the 1970’s told Kathimerini.
“It is possibly the oldest grave to have ever been found,” he said, adding that the fact the couple were buried together indicated the importance given to the institution of family after death in ancient times.
The remains, which were unearthed last year and in 2013, were analyzed using radiocarbon dating. The results of the analysis, which were made public last week, showed that the bones belonged to a man and a woman, both aged between 20 and 25.
Archaeologists were also studying the remains of another couple whose remains were found in an adjacent grave to the one containing the embracing pair. The second couple are believed to be older and were found buried in a more “conventional” fashion, Papathanassopoulos told the paper.
The fact that an ossuary and several ceramic urns, beads and other offerings were found in the grave points to “an organized society,” he said.