An ancient couple proved that even death could not conquer their love after archaeologists unearthed their skeletons; their fingers still entwined.
An excavation of a ‘lost’ chapel of St. Morrell in Leicestershire, England, resulted to the discovery of the couple holding hands for the past 700 years, according to reports.
University of Leicester Archeological Services (ULAS) project manager Vicki Score said in a statement, “We have seen similar skeletons before from Leicester where a couple has been buried together in a single grave.”
Score added, “The main question we find ourselves asking is why were they buried up there? There is a perfectly good church in Hallaton.”
Several theories of why the couple was buried at the ‘lost church’ have surfaced according to Score. Some researchers wonder if the chapel could have been a special place for burial at that time. Some speculate that the couple may have been buried at the chapel instead of the main church because they were criminals, foreigners or diseased.
Aside from the ‘eternal couple,’ 11 other skeletons have been excavated so far according to reports.
Four years have passed since ULAS archaeologists and local volunteers started looking for the lost chapel of St. Morell and they found an evidence that the use of the hillside dates back to more than 2,000 years ago.
The archaeologists used the radiocarbon dating process which proved that the skeletons unearthed from the site extends back to the 14th century.
Other ancient artifacts found in the lost chapel were pieces of stone masonry, and money, including silver coins. The pennies were found to be from 12th to 16th centuries which was said to be the church’s most active years.