The shocking truth about the couple embracing each other for 3,000 years in an ancient tomb

Margie Jones
23/10/2023

Scientists confirm that the woman in the ancient tomb was alive when she was buried.

 

The image of the two skeletons of Quasimodo and Esmeralda embracing each other in the ending of Victor Hugo’s novel has just been recreated in reality, through a sensational archaeological discovery in Ukraine.

Two skeletons of a man and a woman hugged each other tightlyancient tombestimated to be 3,000 years old, recently excavated near the city of Ternopil, western Ukraine. Furthermore, just like the novel, scientists confirmed that only one of the two people died and was buried. The remaining person voluntarily went into the grave, hugged the dead and was buried alive.

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Close-up of an ancient tomb with two sets of remains embracing each other for 3,000 years – photo provided by the research team

Professor – Dr. Mykola Bandrivsky, Director of the Transcarpathian branch of the Archaeological Conservation Service of the Institute of Archeology of Ukraine, said that this was a “gentle” burial in the culture of the prehistoric Vysotskaya (also called Wysocko).

Scientists guessed they were the remains of a married couple. The man lies on his back, facing his partner. Meanwhile, the woman lay on her side with her arms around the man, her legs together and resting on his legs.

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Two skeletons in an ancient tomb and images drawn by scientists based on the posture, body size of the remains and the costumes of their period – photo provided by the research team

 

When considering the posture of the two skeletons, scientists confirmed that it would be impossible to shape a woman like that if she were dead. In other words, initially only the man died. The woman voluntarily went into the grave, hugged her husband’s body and was buried alive with him. Their bodies were decorated with bronze artifacts and some ceramics.

“We believe that such a decision could only come from the girl’s own desire. She tried to stay with her loved one. Maybe she drank a cup of poison to make everyone happy. It’s easier and painless” – Professor Bandrovsky said.

Studies of people living in the Bronze Age of Ukraine also show a firm belief in the eternal life of the human soul. Marriage is respected in this culture, with clear responsibilities of husband and wife dictated by society. Many women want to accompany their men to the afterlife.

In other tombs of the Vysotskaya culture, couples were buried separately, but the two graves were also arranged in a meaningful way to express the tender feelings and attachment between them.

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