Mantua - 6000 years, the two young lovers are locked in an eternal embrace, hidden from the eyes of the world. Last weekend, "Valdaro Lovers" - named after a small village near Mantua, northern Italy, where they were discovered for the first time - were seen by the public for the first time.
The lovers are, in fact, two human skeletons, dating from the Neolithic period, which were found in a cemetery in the nearby village of Valdares in 2007, placed together, face to face, arms and legs intertwined. The display of this past weekend, at the entrance to the Archaeological Museum of Mantua, thanks to the efforts of the association, "Lovers of Mantua", which seeks a permanent home for the elderly couple.
After the discovery, many thought that the couple had been killed. It would fit well with the story of an Italian region that is famous for many tragic love stories. Mantua is the city where Romeo is banished and was told that Juliet was dead. Composer Giuseppe Verdi was chosen as the seat of his opera Rigoletto, another tale of star-crossed love and death.
But later research showed that the skeletons showed no signs of violent death. They were a woman and a man between 18 and 20. Some have asked if they died together and were standing in a cold night. Professor Silvia Bagnoli, the president of the "Lovers of Mantua," do not exclude this possibility, but he says most likely skeletons were laid in that position after death.
The mystery can not be resolved. However, many people want to see the couple. The association "Mantua Lovers" campaign for their right to have their own room. According to Bagnoli, 250,000 euros will be enough for an exhibition center, and another 200,000 euros, could pay for media space to tell the world the story of these mysterious prehistoric lovers.