Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Skeletons Locked in Eternal Embrace: Could they be Romeo & Juliet?

It could be humanity's oldest story of doomed love. Archaeologists have unearthed two skeletons from the Neolithic period locked in an eternal embrace and buried outside Mantua, Italy, just 25 miles south of Verona, the city where Shakespeare set the star-crossed tale of Romeo and Juliet.

After being found at the site where a factory is planned, people worldwide have speculated on the circumstances surrounding the couple's deaths. They are thought to have died young because they both had all their teeth intact. But beyond that, the skeletons are a mystery. Archaeologists announced Monday that they will move the entire block of earth the skeletons are resting in for further study and eventual display in a museum."

1 comment:

ms.j.kim said...

Thanks for reading my blog. The Folger workshop presenter was Anne Turner. She did a fabulous job! I've never had so much fun moving around, acting, and being silly. And that's coming from someone who was deathly shy in high school. :) (By the way, I used this article about the prehistoric embrace as a discussion starter with my 9th graders studying Romeo and Juliet!)