Archaeologists have unearthed two adapted skeletons in northern China about 1,500 years old, according to the journal International Osteorology.
Qian Wang, an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Texas A&M Dentistry and co-author of the study, said it was the first couple to be embraced in this way in China.
Couple burial is not uncommon in China, but it is, in particular, deliberately placed to show affection between the two.
Angi Wang’s chart shows how the couple should be buried – Photo: Angi Wang / Courtesy
These skeletons are from people who lived in the Wei dynasty who ruled the region between 386 and 534.
“At the time, China was very generous – arranging free weddings (men chose women or women chose men) and weddings,” Wang told G1.
Sacrifice to bury together
According to researchers, the woman may have sacrificed herself to be buried with her husband.
Scientists say men and women are not likely to die at the same time – no signs of violence, disease or poisoning. Maybe the man had died before, and they could be buried together because the woman sacrificed herself. The opposite may have happened, but her skeleton was in excellent condition.
The first such burial was found in China
The man was about six feet tall and had a broken arm, a part of a finger in his right hand and a fracture. He is estimated to have died when he was 29 and 35 years old.
The woman was 1.57 meters tall and had no bone problems when she died. She must be between 35 and 40 years old.
“This is an exceptionally well-preserved cemetery. The safety of the cemetery depends on a number of factors, including the environmental conditions. It is the first burial in China by a couple at any given time.
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