The Lovers of Valdaro, also dubbed as the “Valdaro Lovers,” is a pair of human skeletons locked in an eternal embrace.
Huddled close together, face to face, their arms and legs entwined, were hidden from the eyes of the world for 6000 years.
The “Lovers of Valdaro” — named for the little village near Mantua, in Northern Italy, where they were first discovered by archaeologists at a Neolithic tomb in San.Giorgio, Italy, in 2007.
Archaeologist Elena Maria Menotti led the excavation. Scientists believe that the pair is a man and woman no older than 20 years old and approximately 5’2″ in height. They were removed from the ground intact and sent to Musei Civici in Como where they were undergoing tests.
After the discovery, many thought that the couple had been killed. It would fit in well with the history of an Italian region famous for many tragic love stories. Mantua is the city where Romeo was exiled and was told that his Juliet was dead. The composer Giuseppe Verdi chose it as the location for his opera Rigoletto, another story of star-crossed love and death.
But subsequent research revealed that the skeletons did not have any signs of a violent death. They were a woman and a man, between 18 and 20 years old. Some have wondered if they died together, holding each other in a freezing night. Professor Silvia Bagnoli, the president of the association “Lovers in Mantua,” doesn’t exclude this possibility, but says that more likely the skeletons were laid out in that position after their deaths.
The mystery might never be solved. Still, many want to see the couple. The association “Lovers in Mantua” have been campaigning for their right to have a room of their own, a space to tell the world the mysterious story of these prehistoric lovers.
They Lovers of Valdaro are now displayed at the Mantua Archeological Museum, thanks to the effort of the association, “Lovers of Mantua,” which is seeking a permanent home for the ancient couple.
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