Archaeologists find couple locked in hug for 5,000 years


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Archaeologists in southern Greece have discovered the grave of a man and woman buried as they died some 5,800 years ago – still tightly embracing.

A senior member of the excavation team, Anastassia Papathanassiou, says the discovery – made in 2013 and publicized this week after DNA testing determined each skeleton’s sex – is the oldest of its kind in Greece. She says the couple most likely died holding each other.

…The remains of the couple, estimated to be in their 20s, were found near the Alepotrypa Cave, an important prehistoric site.

It’s unclear how they died and whether they were related, but Papathanassiou says further DNA testing should answer the latter question.

Even time can be conquered by love.

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Musa, a Kurdish marksman
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Musa, a 25-year-old Kurdish marksman, stands atop a building as he looks at the destroyed Syrian city of Kobani on Friday. Kurdish forces recaptured the town on the Turkish frontier on January 26, in a symbolic blow to the ISIS militants who have seized large swathes of territory in their onslaught across Syria and Iraq.