The real life story of “Romeo and Juliet” has been uncovered in an ancient grave located in Kazakhstan. Inside the grave were the remains of two teenagers – 16 or 17 years old – and what’s so remarkable is that they were facing each other. The two young lovers appeared to have been so much in love that they wanted to be together in their afterlives as well. Their remains date back 4,000 years.
While their cause of death still remains a mystery for now, research will be conducted on them in order to find out more about them. What is known is that they were probably from noble families based on the location in which they were buried as well as the jewelry that was found on the teenage girl. Archaeologist Igor Kukushkin confirmed this by stating, “Most likely, the just discovered young couple belonged to noble families – the grave is rich.”
The remains of the young couple were discovered in an ancient burial complex that consists of five hills that are located in a remote location in the Karaganda region of Kazakhstan. Gold and bronze items were found in the grave which included two bracelets on each of the teenage girl’s arms and solar pendants, as well as gold rings.
Pictures of the discovery can be seen here.
Interestingly enough, the grave wasn’t located too far from a suspected priestess from the ancient Alakul culture. She was buried with seven pots, ashes, and a skull. While other graves in the area were robbed, nobody wanted to take anything from this priestess’ grave. “Perhaps something here scared them away. Seven pots is an unusual number. Most likely she was a priestess,” explained Kukushkin.
Kazakhstan seems to definitely be a hot spot for discovering ancient artifacts, as just last year, archaeologists unearthed around 3,000 pieces of golden and precious items dating back 2,800 years. The large amount of jewelry – that was believed to have belonged to royals or elite members of the Saka people – was discovered in a burial mound in the remote Tarbagatai Mountains.
Some of the thousands of items found were earrings that were in the shape of bells, chains, plaques, gold plates with rivets, and a necklace with precious stones. Gold beads that decorated their clothes proved exceptional jewelry-making skills for that time period. Pictures of the items that were recovered last year can be seen here.