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The Hasanlu Lovers are a pair of human remains found by a team from the University of Pennsylvania led by Robert H. Dyson at the Teppe Hasanlu archaeological site, located in the Solduz Valley in the West Azerbaijan Province of Iran, in 1972. The two human skeletons were found together in a bin during excavations, seemingly embracing at the time of death. Approximately 246 skeletons were found at the site altogether. The skeleton on the right (referred to as SK 335) is lying on its back. Dental evidence suggest SK 335 is a young adult, possibly 19–22 years of age. Researchers identified the skeleton as male largely based on the pelvis. The skeleton had no apparent evidence of disease or healed lifetime injuries. The skeleton on the left (SK 336) is lying on its left side facing SK 335. It has been aged to about 30–35 years. While sex determination is less definitive for this skeleton, evidence suggests SK 336 was also male. The individual appeared to have been healthy in life, and the skeleton had no apparent evidence of healed lifetime injuries. At the time of excavation, this skeleton was originally identified as female.
" They died in what seems to be an embrace or kiss, and remained that way for 2800 years. "
So they weren’t carefully put into a pit and posed that way?
Scenario 2: Dad was furious at discovering his heir was gay and bashed his head in, and cut the throat of his lover. Then Dad ordered them to be buried in a "shameful pose" where they would remain for "eternity".
Read more about it here: https://www.penn.museum/collections/highlights/physicalanthro/the-lovers.php
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Fucking skeletons have more game than me
Looks like a game of "Get up. No YOU get up first." went on a little too long.
I would guess they posed them this way. if you died wouldn’t your bones shift around from your flesh decaying
have I got something in my teeth?
"Doesn’t look like it, but you do have a giant gaping hole in your skull babe"
dude imagine how fucking numb that skeleton arm is feeling, mad respect
Even in death, Ahmed could not escape his overly attached girlfriend
George, come closer. I have something to tell you.
Yes dear. What is it?
George, I don’t want you to be alarmed, you have a rather large hole in your head.
Are they alright?
Another good documentation of intimately resting skeletons are the lovers of Valdaro. The way their legs look weaved together makes me feel eternally lonely.
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I’ve a feeling they didn’t "Die in an embrace or kiss," they were just placed like this after the hole was put in the guy on the right’s head. I may be wrong but that would be my guess.
Every time I see this, I can hear the one with his hand on his companion’s face saying "Sshhhhh, it’s ok. Look at me, it is all going to be ok. I am here with you, trust me. I love you more than this. It was all worth it."
Are you sure they weren’t just friends?? 😜
I don’t know why but this photo always makes me a little sad.
Could be a boss and his henchman though, and the henchman just screwed something up bad enough for the boss to grab his face. Historians may never know….
What was their cause of death? We’re they embracing during a possible natural disaster killed them? Or were they buried dead in that position?
I thought someone photoshopped a bow on one of the skulls so you could tell which one is a girl before realizing that it’s just a massive hole
Perhaps it was a hound warrior who died in battle, the one on the right has a hole in his cranium, unless it was done while digging it would suggest he died this way?? Also if it is a male it is perhaps his lover whom he chose to be buried with.
i want to know how they died and if they were placed like that after death
Cuddling is just horrible for your spine, it seems.
Some context: "From archeological evidence, researchers discovered that the city of Teppe Hasanlu was destroyed around 800 BCE by an invading army that sacked the city and burned it to the ground.The Hasanlu Lovers were likely hiding from these invaders in the grain bin when they died of asphyxiation from the smoke emanating from the fires raging around the city."
Somebody is watching season two of The Boys
Yes yes I’ve used this move before. One hand for you and one for her
Fellas, is it gay to die while kissing your homie goodnight?
I don’t know, the one on the right doesn’t seem to be too interested.
And here I am, crying about a couple that passed away 2800ish years ago.
Do you think they boned first?
Poor guy. 2800 years of "I don’t know what to do with my extra arm"
Who’s here because of The Boys?
Wasn’t there something like this that then turned out that the two people were actually men?
"I’m glad to be with you, Samwise Gamgee. Here, at the end of all things."
The one on the left was comfortable while the one on the right had lost feeling in their arm 15 minutes before they both died. At least he doesn’t have to worry about those annoying pins and needle feeling coming back into their hand.
The hole in the skull on the right looks like Ohio.
How exactly did they die?
It must have been very suddenly.
This reminds me of the song "It’s Just Forever" by Cage The Elephant