Researchers recently discovered that both skeletons, who were buried holding hands, belonged to men and said it’s possible they were relatives or soldiers who’d died in battle. A lot of people believe it’s far more likely the pair were lovers.
The researchers could not determine the sex of the skeletons when they were found in Italy in 2009 because they were badly preserved. But a new technique, using the protein on tooth enamel, revealed their sex.
Most of the historians think that because they’re both male, they are no longer the “Lovers of Modena” but rather “siblings, cousins or soldiers who died together in battle.” we just can’t find out about all these “hand holding” burials anymore.
Pam Geller says it best: “Discoveries of decedents whose bodies have been identified as romantically entangled, compulsorily reproductive, or occupationally divided say more about our present state of socio-sexual affairs than they do about past interactions and intimacies.”
But there *may* be historical context to support the researchers’ statements? The hypothesis is based on the fact that this is a proper burial that was conducted by their kins and/or neighbourhood. Since the law prohibit homosexuals, it is less logical to conclude that people at that time would bury a pair of gays celebrating their relationship.