Mysterious Couple Found In Ancient Russian Burial Ground
According to news sources , researchers estimate that the sepulcher dates back to the 4th century BC. The entrance to the grave chamber, which is accessed by a vertical shaft leading from a catacomb, had been sealed with a damper plate. Archeologists found coal and evidence that the unknown tribe were part of the cult of fire. The burial ground found at the crossroads of Postovaia and Sedin Streets in Krasnodar is significant because it is a dolmen. This is defined as a single-chamber, megalithic tomb that usually consists of three or more upright stones that support a large, flat, horizontal capstone (table). Most dolmens date back to the early Neolithic period (4,000-3,000 BC).
Situated along the Kuban River, Krasnodar is a southern city that was founded in 1794. Its name translates into “Catherine’s Gift,” both for recognition of Catherine the Great’s grant of land to the Black Sea Cossacks (later the Kuban Cossacks) and in recognition of Saint Catherine, the Martyr, who is considered to be the patron of the city. By the end of the 19th century, the city became a vital trade center of southern Russia. Krasnodar sustained heavy damage during World War II but was rebuilt and renovated after the war.
The sepulchral chamber and the buried couple offered archeologists the most unusual sight of a deceased man lying on his back with a dead woman by his side, hugging him lovingly. They named them, “Romeo and Juliet of the Bronze Age.” The couple appeared to be about 60 years of age when they died and the woman’s hands were decorated with bracelets made of bronze beads which was untypical of tribes known to have inhabited the area in ancient times.
Who were they?
This question may never be answered, but one thing is certain.
Love is eternal and perhaps more simple than mysterious.
M Dee Dubroff