Teenagers who lived 4,000 years ago have been found buried facing each other in a remarkable grave in Kazakhstan.
The ancient pair are believed to have been aged 16 or 17 when they died and archaeologists say there were likely from a ‘noble family’ in their culture.
It’s not clear whether they were siblings or lovers but the prehistoric pair were buried gazing at each other for their journey to the afterlife.
Experts have yet to work out how they died but there are plans to carry out research on the remains to find out.
The youngsters were found in an ancient burial complex called Kyzyltau cemetery, which is made up of five hills in the remote Karaganda region.
Gold and bronze treasures were found in their grave and the young woman wore two bracelets on each arm, as well as pendants depicting the sun.
She also wore precious gold temple rings shaped like earrings, say archaeologists.
‘The man and the woman are facing each other,’ said archaeologist Igor Kukushkin. Most likely, the just-discovered young couple belonged to the noble family.
‘The grave is rich. The young woman has two bracelets on each arm with spiral endings, and round solar pendents with ornaments.
‘It is significant that was wearing gold temple rings.’
The Bronze Age couple are believed to be aged around 16 or 17, reported Tengrinews.
Nearby was found the grave of a suspected priestess from the ancient Alakul culture.
‘This woman was buried with seven pots, ashes and a skull,’ said Kukushkin.
‘Her grave was not robbed (by later generations), although many neighbouring graves were plundered.
‘Perhaps something here scared them away. Seven pots is an unusual number. Most likely she was a priestess.’