An age-old tale that made archeologists go, “awww!” after they unearthed this couple in 1972 near the ancient city of Tepe Hasanlu in northwest Iran.
The pair of skeletons were perfectly preserved. Their farewell kiss at the time of their death, immortalized.
The team from the University Museum, University of Pennsylvania and the Metropolitan Museum of New York, also excavated may other valuable items over a 10 year period.
What happened to them, and who were they?
According to experts, they lived around 800BC, and according to the archeologists, the area came under fire in a military attack.
Experts claim that the town caught alight and people judging from the relics people from both sides got trapped in the flames.
The terrified couple must have fled from the soldiers and the fire, so they found a bin to hide in. Unfortunately, they couldn’t escape the smoke and died must have died from asphyxiation.
Nothing, not even death could separate them as they held on to each other and their love even while dying.
University of Pennsylvania archaeologist Robert Dyson wrote:
“LYING IN THE BOTTOM OF THE BIN WERE TWO HUMAN SKELETONS, A MALE AND A FEMALE. THE MALE HAD ONE OF ITS ARMS UNDER THE SHOULDER OF THE FEMALE, WHILE THE FEMALE WAS LOOKING INTO THE FACE OF THE MALE AND REACHING OUT WITH ONE HAND TO TOUCH HIS LIPS. BOTH WERE YOUNG ADULTS. NEITHER SHOWED ANY EVIDENCE OF INJURY; THERE WERE NO OBVIOUS CUTS OR BROKEN BONES. THERE WERE NO OBJECTS WITH THE SKELETONS, BUT UNDER THE FEMALE’S HEAD WAS A STONE SLAB. THE OTHER CONTENTS OF THE BIN CONSISTED OF BROKEN PIECES OF PLASTER, CHARCOAL, AND SMALL PIECES OF BURNED BRICK BUT NOTHING HEAVY ENOUGH TO CRUSH THE BONES.”
“What looks like a head wound on the skull to the right is actually damage done by excavators,” he said.
.The couple are known as “Lovers of Hassanlu.” Their picture has been on display in Pennsylvania University museum ever since.