Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Lovers Of The Skeleton? Pair Of Hand 1,500 Years

The skeletal remains of a pair of Roman times, show the couple has been together for 1,500 years.

Italian archaeologists say a man and a woman was buried at the same time, between 5 and 6 century AD, in central and northern Italy. He wears a bronze ring, is positioned as a woman seems to be staring at her boyfriend.

"We originally were buried with their faces looking in the other. The position of the vertebrae of man indicates that his head rolled after death," Donato Labate, the director of the archaeological dig at the Superintendency of the Emilia-Romagna, told Discovery News.

The discovery of the offer was made during construction common in Modena and was announced this week. Labate said the search has revealed three layers of scientific interest.

The deeper the layer, about 23 meters below surface, contained the remains of Roman buildings of the era, including a Calcara where the mortar was produced. The ruins belong to the outskirts of Modena, Modena was then called.

"An intermediate layer at a depth of 10 meters, with 11 of the burials, while a third peak in the stratification of the necropolis, found seven empty graves," said Labate.

Excavated by archaeologist Diamonds Lycia, the skeleton belonged to a pair of 11 cemetery burial. According Labate, a simple pit (pit), the tombs show that the people buried in was not particularly rich.

The region has suffered several floods of the river, near Tiepido - which may have caused the skull of the skeleton man to run from the female skeleton after burial. The cemetery was covered by alluvium, and above them, more than seven tombs built.

"These tombs were empty. It is most likely to be covered by another flood, just after construction. We believe that this was a catastrophic flood that took place in 589, as reported by the historian Paul the Deacon," said Labate.

Lovers Of The Skeleton? Pair Of Hand 1,500 Years Two skeletons, which are poorly preserved, now have studied ion George Grupp, an anthropologist at the University of Bologna. The study will include the establishment of age of the couple, their relationship and the possible cause of death.

"Antiquity is not surprising to learn of spouses or family members die at the same time, when epidemics like the Black Death ravaged Europe, one of the family often die when the family tried to bury another member," Kristina Kill Grove, an anthropologist biology at the University of North Carolina, told Discovery News.

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