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A touching - if slightly grisly - discovery has been made in the Ukraine of a man and woman buried together in a grave dug 3,000 years ago.
The ancient grave is special because the two are wrapped in a hug and their skeletons have been discovered in the same embrace all of these years later.
Now, for the macabre bit - some autopsy experts who have analysed the scene have said that there is no way that the woman's body could have been placed in that position had she not been alive at the time of burial.
This means that it is more likely that the woman willingly allowed herself to be buried alive, presumably after her husband had recently died.
Experts believe she may have drunk a load of poison before climbing into the grave alongside her dead husband and adopted the position that they have now been found in, three millennia later.
That's one way to show that you really care, I guess. The decision to accompany your husband to 'the next life' shows that they must have had a pretty strong relationship.
The discovery was made close to the village of Petrykiv, in Western Ukraine. Professor Mykola Bandrivsky, who has studied what are called 'loving couple burials' - what a job - said: "It is a unique burial, a man and a woman lying there, hugging each other tight.
"Both faces were gazing at each other, their foreheads were touching.
"The woman was lying on her back, with her right arm she was tenderly hugging the man, her wrist lying on his right shoulder.
"The legs of the woman were bent at the knees - lying on the top of the man's stretched legs.
"Both the dead humans were clad in bronze decorations, and near the heads was placed some pottery items - a bowl, a jar and three bailers."
The pair are thought to come from a Bronze Age group called the Vysotskaya - or Wysocko people. They are known for having a certain 'tenderness' to their burial rituals.
Dr Bandrivsky, who is Director of the Transcarpathian branch of the Rescue Archaeological Service of the Institute of Archaeology of Ukraine, said he had seen other burials in which he saw "a man holding the hands of a woman, the lips of a man touching forehead of a woman, or arms of both dead people hugging each other."
He continued: "From our point of view, this woman did it voluntarily.
"Maybe, the woman did not want to live with some other man, and get used to some new way of life.
"So, she preferred to pass away with her husband. We suppose such a decision was dictated only by her own desire, and her attempt to stay with her beloved one.
"She may, for example, have drunk a chalice of poison to make joining her husband easy and painless."
That's devotion for you.
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