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A group of archaeologists have reported on the conclusions they have reached after unearthing last December a tomb dating from the 6th century in the South Korean city of Gyeongju. The tomb has been declared to be the resting place of a local nobleman and his lover, who may have been killed as a human sacrifice and later placed in a position mimicking a sexual relationship with the woman.
As soon as the tomb, which is built of stone and earth, was opened, the experts realized that it was about the shilla dynasty and that there were two bodies inside. The first of them was from a noblewoman, something that is suspected due to her ornamental accessories, and the second could be an alleged lover or even a member of her personal guard, something that has been reached given the scarcity of ornaments of man who had this body.
After analyzing the remains, the experts determined that when both people died, they would be between 20 and 30 years old approximately and that the nobleman could have been killed as part of a human sacrifice to accompany his partner to the other world.
This was something very normal in Korea during those years since if the subject had managed to gain the trust of a nobleman throughout his life, he or she had to be killed to protect themselves in the afterlife. Despite this, in this case they have highlighted that the bodies appeared one on top of the other and, normally, the remains of the commoner or commoner appear in the vicinity of the burial or at the feet of the nobleman.
This strange position has caused some archaeologists to have considered that the corpses had been placed in this way. Lee Han-sang, an expert on this part of history belonging to the University of Daejeon, explained that the discovery is very important since it shows an unknown kind of burial in the Silla dynasty period. The man could have been a servant, bodyguard, or even a lover.
The theory that the position has a sexual objective is endorsed by several experts, who affirm that many statues belonging to this dynasty where sex is extolled have been found, although it is rejected by other experts because they assure that the man was buried in a wooden coffin on top of his wife and that with the passage of time and the gravity, ended up falling on her.
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