Eternal Spooning


For more than 3500 years they have held each other in the spoon position.
Is it exceptionally romantic or does it mean the opposite and is something ‘wrong’ here? This is one of the questions keeping Sofia Voutsaki busy since she discovered the two skeletons in a hill at Ayios Vasilios in Greece, 12 km south of Sparta, this summer. It is a man and a woman, the man behind the woman, holding her head in his hand. Their grave is different from the ones around them; it wasn’t built out of stone, but just had a bed of pebbles and was probably covered with earth. The grave is dated 1600-1500 BC.
The excavation at Ayios Vasilios has been declared one of the ten most important archeological discoveries ever.

Sofia Voutsaki is professor of Greek Archeology at the University of Groningen.
The article was first published in Next Oct 16th, 2013.

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4 Responses to Eternal Spooning

  1. Dear Wilma, about your article on Eternal Spooning, you write: «The excavation at Ayios Vasilios has been declared one of the ten most important archeological discoveries ever.» Really? I read the original article and it said it was one the of ten most important CURRENT excavations. There is a difference. Lets not get carried away. Mind you, It might qualify as one of the most ROMANTIC archaeological discoveries ever, but that would be a different argument.

    • Hi Mario, thank you for your remark, and I like ‘current’ always better over ‘ever’, so for me that sounds good too. And definitely ‘romantic’, but that is our interpretation, if I understood the article well: it could mean the opposite, because it is so different from all other graves. Is it your field of expertise? Can you tell WHAT IS considered the most important archeological discovery ever? I am curious to know! regards, wilma

      • Bonjour Wilma, Sorry it took me so long to answer your question. I am not an authority in the field of archaeology, just an amateur who used to dabble in that field. What I will say is that to my mind, the most important archeological discoveries ever are the ones that allow us to learn the most about forgotten aspects of the past. It might be the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamon, or it may be the Rosetta Stone (which gave historians the key to understand hieroglyphs). Some might say it is Pompeii, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Mycenea, the Terracotta army of China. It could be Troy, discovered by the father of archeology himself, Heinrich Schliemann.
        Sincerely, from Canada, Mario.

      • Hi Mario, thank you so much for your reply. You are right, there are quite a few archeological treasures to consider. Your list sent my mind wandering, the history of the world is simply fascinating!

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