This Week In History News, Aug. 15 – 21

Published August 20, 2021
Updated August 23, 2021

Ancient Chinese couples' remains found locked in an eternal embrace, perfectly-preserved bodies discovered at Pompeii, prehistoric turtle egg unearthed with an embryo inside.

Remains Of Chinese Couple Found In An Embrace 6,000 Years After They Were Buried

Lovers Embracing In Their Grave

XinhuaThe man had his arms wrapped around the woman’s waist while she had her head nestled against his chest.

Some 6,000 years ago, scores of people living under China’s Northern Wei dynasty became absorbed in one of the latest trends in storytelling: tales of lovers who committed suicide in order to be together forever in the afterlife.

And recently, archaeologists believe they found the remains of a couple who did just that. This couple found in the city of Datong were buried in an eternal embrace after presumably committing suicide some 6,000 years ago, and that’s just how researchers found them today.

See more from this incredible find here.

The Discovery Of An Ancient Tomb Has Unearthed The Best-Preserved Human Remains Ever Found At Pompeii

Tomb Of Marcus Venerius Secundio

Archaeological Park of PompeiiThe tomb of Marcus Venerius Secundio in the Porta Sarno Necropolis.

When Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D., volcanic ash and toxic gas barreled over the Roman city of Pompeii and glued the town shut. While invaluable relics have been unearthed from its grounds in the centuries since, a recent dig just yielded the best-preserved set of human remains ever found in the ancient city.

Dig deeper in this report.

Paleontologists In China Just Discovered A Prehistoric Egg Fossil From A Nearly Human-Sized Turtle — With A Baby Inside

Nanhsiungchelyid Turtle Egg

China University of GeosciencesThe egg of the extinct Nanhsiungchelyid land turtle found in Henan Province, China, contained a perfectly preserved baby.

In 2018, a farmer in Henan Province, China, was rooting around his property in a fossil-rich region when he unearthed what he thought was an odd rock or possibly a fossil. Paleontologists identified it as an ancient egg and thought the farmer might have found evidence of a new dinosaur species.

However, further study revealed something even more rare: an intact turtle embryo dating back to the Cretaceous period.

Read on here.

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