Archaeologists said Monday that they won't split up the remains of a couple found with their arms wrapped around each other for as long as 6,000 years since their burial in Italy.
The scientists said they plan to remove and preserve the skeletons together in the surrounding earth, as opposed to removing their bones one by one for reassembly, according to a Reuters article. That way, the archaeologists can study their ancient remains and ultimately exhibit them in an Italian museum. It will be a record of the longest known hug, the scientists said.
"We want to keep them just as they have been all this time--together," archaeologist Elena Menotti said in the Reuters article.