Georgia’s Romeo and Juliet – Romantic tomb found in Mtskheta
02 June, 2017
Georgia’s Romeo and Juliet – Romantic tomb found in Mtskheta
Georgian archeologist Keti Digmelashvili has published the photo that shows the remains of two persons discovered in one of the tombs of the historical city of Mtskheta and dating back approximately to V-VI centuries AD. They are buried together , holding hands and apparently are a couple.

“We don’t know who they were and what has become of them. There was absolutely nothing in the tomb, except their bones,” says Mr Digmelashvili’s comment to a photo.

“What I saw in 2014,
after we opened the tomb, was more than enough: to the right was lying a woman of approximately 25-30 years old and to the left – a man of 40-45. Her head resting on his shoulder and, what’s more, their holding hands, was already telling a lot about them. I checked it with an anthropologist and he told me I was right: they were really buried together and they were really holding hands. So, this is how the new story was born. The first thing we thought of was, of course, Romeo and Juliet. But why can’t we call them famous Georgian romantic characters as well, such as Abesalom and Eteri or Avtandil and Tinatin, or maybe Nestan-Darejan and Tariel, or even Keto and Kote”, she says.
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