Lovers' Skeltons Holding Hands Found in Romania

Lovers' Skeltons Holding Hands Found in Romania
Thu 02-05-2013

Romanian archeologists found skeletons of a man and woman buried holding hands in Cluj-Napoca.

The couple was found in the courtyard of a music school, where a team from the Institute of Archeology and Art History in Cluj-Napoca has been restoring a medieval Dominican convent cemetery.

Excavation leader Adrian Rusu described the team's find of a young couple buried together, "facing each other and holding hands."

"The man appears to have died in an accident, as the sternum was broken by a blow from a blunt object," Rusu explained. The archeologist added that the team had been unable to find a physical explanation for the woman's death, leading them to speculate that she had died of a stroke or heart attack.

"It’s a strange case, a sort of Romeo and Juliet," said Rusu.

The lovers were believed to have lived between 1450, when the monastery was built, and 1550, when the graveyard was secularized.