Cadiz father’s protective touch

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Cadiz father’s protective touch

IT could be the final embrace of two feted lovers.

But the touching symbol of enduring love is, in fact, most likely to be that of a father cuddling his daughter.

The 6,000-year-old skeletons were dug up in this position, while work took place on a hockey field in San Fernando, Cadiz.

The pair are now finally going on display in a protective glass case in the town’s municipal museum.

Excavations have since revealed it to be one of the largest burial sites in Andalucia with as many as 300 graves in good condition.

So far 83 graves have been documented, but the most spectacular by far is the double burial with the male figure, believed to be a father, caressing his daughter’s face.

Through carbon dating, archaeologists have been able to determine the remains are of a female aged between 12 and 14 and a male aged between 35 and 40.

They confirmed that they died at around the same time, but they have not yet worked out the circumstances or the exact relationship.

The exhibition – which includes other findings such as axes, knives and beads – will run until June 25.

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