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.