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Greek Archeologists Find Couple Who Died Spooning 5,800 Years Ago

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They were discovered as they died some 5,800 years ago — a couple in their 20s locked in a tight embrace.

The remains of a man and woman were found buried in a cave in Diros, southern Greece.

Archeologists did not speculate on what may have killed the couple, but the Alepotrypa Cave where they were found collapsed during a severe earthquake in 3200 B.C., burying the inhabitants alive, the Associated Press reported.

The discovery was only announced on Friday — just in time for Valentine's Day — after DNA tests determined their sexes, according to the AP.

The extremely uncommon double burial is the oldest of its kind in Greece, archaeologist Anastassia Papathanassiou told the AP.

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The cave, discovered in 1958, was used as both a settlement and cemetery between 6000 and 3200 B.C.

"We can safely assume that this area operated in the collective memory of these groups as a place to deposit their dead over thousands of years," the Greek Culture Ministry said in a statement.

During the five-year excavation of the site, archeologists uncovered the remains of dozens of people, including an infant and that of a fetus.

The main phase of excavation was finished last year.

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