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Scientists have unraveled the mystery of the ancient graves of lovers.

The remains of a man lying close to him women found Greek archaeologists in the legendary cave of Alepotrypa (Fox hole), which is a type of the Kingdom of Hades – the realm of the dead. The pair lay on its side, and the men’s skeleton held in the arms of a female.

Unusual burial – lying on the side of obnimku a man and a woman – was opened two years ago, but study finds, involving radiocarbon Dating, was completed only recently. Archaeologist Giorgos Papathanassopoulos, who leads the excavations in the cave of Alepotrypa since 1970, said that the death of these people some 6,000 years ago. They died young: the man for 25 years and the woman 20. These are the dead – the oldest found in Greece.

The most ancient lovers.

The experts, who were engaged in the study of unusual finds, there was a version that the couple died during sexual contact they were covered with fallen rock. George Papathanassopoulos does not exclude this theory, but stresses that it’s probably not true. Most likely, discovered the burial tomb.

Part of the cave of Alepotripa open to the public.Across the lake inside the cave does not now carry the souls of the dead, and tourists visiting.

The only thing that is indisputable, – the couple was in a relationship, it’s no wonder they were buried in each other’s arms. Still unknown whether they died at the same time. But the death of one of them came swiftly after the other died. Otherwise they would not have ended up in the same grave.

In the mythology of the ancient Greeks, the boat was ruled by Charon.

Cave Alepotripa is one of the three most enormous caves in the South-East of the Greek Peninsula Peloponnese. Discovered it in 1953. The cave is really huge, very deep, and inside is a huge lake. That is what gave scientists the idea that here was the entrance to the Kingdom of Hades and the river Styx, over which Charon transported the dead. Archaeologists claim that really in this cave were buried the dead, but they lived in it and live. But who exactly scientists don’t know. On the cave walls have inscriptions in an unknown language, some symbols and signs. About 5000 years ago, the cave entrance collapsed, everyone inside died. It is possible that the couple was the victim of blockage.

The entrance to the realm of Hades on the map.

Excavations in the cave do not stop today. Of special interest to the cave exhibit ufologists who believe that the archaeologists are hiding such things as metal objects and a huge skull.

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