Lovers of Valdaro

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The so-called Lovers of Valdaro, also dubbed as the "Valdaro Lovers," are a pair of human skeletons dating back 6,000 years[1] discovered by archaeologists at a Neolithic tomb in S.Giorgio near Mantova, Italy, in 2007.[2][3] The two skeletons appear to have died or were interred facing each other with arms around each other, thus reminiscent of a "lovers' embrace".

Archaeologist Elena Maria Menotti led the excavation.[4] Scientists believe that the pair is a man and woman no older than 20 years old and approximately 5'2" (157 cm) in height. They were removed from the ground intact and sent to Musei Civici in Como where they are undergoing analysis.


  1. ^ La Stampa / Worldcrunch (September 13, 2011). "6,000 Years Later, the 'Lovers of Valdaro' Need a New Home". Time. Retrieved 2013-04-29. 
  2. ^ Phil Stewart (February 12, 2007). "Scientists to save 5,000-year-old embrace". Reuters. Retrieved 2007-02-13. 
  3. ^ "Prehistoric skeletons found locked in eternal embrace". February 11, 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-13. 
  4. ^ "Locked in an eternal embrace". Daily Mail. February 8, 2007. Retrieved 2008-07-23.