Skeletons of couple holding hands found in Romania
|Archaeologists excavating the courtyard of a former Dominican monastery in Cluj-Napoca have been left baffled after discovering the bodies of a young couple who were buried holding hands [Credit: Daily Mail]|
But discovering the couple holding hands was a surprise as double burials were extremely rare in that period. Main researcher Adrian Rusu said: 'It is a mystery - and rare for such burials at that time.
'We can see that the man had suffered a severe injury that left him with a broken hip from which he probably died. We believe the injury was caused after he was hit by something very blunt and hard.'
|Experts believe the female was buried with her partner after|
dying from a broken heart [Credit: Daily Mail]
Mr Rusu explained that becuase suicide was regarded as a sin in the Medieval Ages it is unlikely she killed herself - and if she had they would not have been buried together like the were in a holy place.
'They were obviously buried together as a tribute to the love they had for each other,' he said.
He estimated that the two bodies were buried somewhere between 1450-1550. The body of a child was also found in the grave in Cluj-Napoca although this may not have been linked to the pair.
The lower leg bones of a fourth skeleton were also found in the burial plot.
Author: Jill Reilly | Source: Daily Mail [April 22, 2013]