The Daily Mail reported that a pair of “Romeo and Juliet 5000 years ago” were found in a tomb in Karaganda, central Kazakhstan. The prehistoric lovers are seen leaning against each other, the man holding an arrow cluster and a metal dagger, the woman wearing jewelry, including a green bracelet made of semi-precious stones. Beside their tomb are two horses pulling a Bronze Age chariot, seemingly carrying the lovers through time and into the afterlife.
Archaeologists said that next to the tomb were the bones of two chariot horses (which were buried as sacrifices), as if they were buried together as a couple.
Archaeologists believe that the men in the tomb may belong to the elite of the Bronze Age – “carriage drivers”.
The tomb is surrounded by standing stones and was plundered by tomb robbers in ancient times, but fortunately the remains of the horse-drawn chariot remain intact, as do the remains of the lovers.
Dr. Igor Kukushkin, the archaeologist in charge of the excavation, said that there are still many unresolved questions about whether the “Romeo and Juliet” couple lived together during their lifetimes. It is possible that one person died and committed suicide. Or be killed and another be buried with him. It is also possible that a strange man and woman who died at the same time were chosen to be buried together as lovers after death.
Dr Igor said: “Such joint burials are not uncommon in our area, but the question of the second person’s relationship to the deceased remains unanswered.”
“Was that woman, or that man, killed to ‘accompany’ her significant other?”
“Are these men and women a couple? Or are they just posthumous lovers composed of a man and a woman who died at the same time but had no relationship?”
Preliminary examination of the skeletons shows no obvious signs of injury, but more detailed study should help shed light on the cause of their deaths.
Dr. Igor emphasized: “We can be very sure that the two horses were killed…the horses were lying back to back on both sides, almost exactly the same as the famous chariot stone carvings.”
Archaeologist Viktor Novozhenov of Karaganda State University said: “The position of the horse and the sarcophagus clearly show that it was in the shape of a chariot.”
The horses were lying back to back but were harnessed as if in “working condition”, apparently to show that they were pulling a chariot.
He said the tombs were about 5,000 years old.
Next to the carriage, archaeologists discovered the tomb of “Romeo and Juliet.”
The man was buried with a quiver of arrows and a metal dagger, while the woman’s last accessory was a bracelet made of semi-precious stones. She also wore a necklace of bronzes, semi-precious stones and pendants.
Archaeologists also found stone and bronze spearheads, a stone arrowhead and a gilt pendant and pottery in the tomb.