Rare find – Indus Valley couple buried together, 2500 BC

Posted On: Jan 13th, 2019 at 14:55

An extremely rare find in an Indus Valley cemetery in Haryana state, northwest India, has excited archaeologists due to the couple’s unusual position.
Not only were the couple tall for the time, but the fact they “died at the same time” and were buried facing each other is very rare indeed. Of course, it is unknown if the couple were related in any way, and their approximate 10-year age difference is also very interesting since modern Indians tend to marry within a similar age range, usually a couple of years.
There is no mention of DNA tests, so the fact the couple were found in 2016 makes one question why that has not been carried out to date. Hopefully, if DNA tests are carried out, this will determine whether the couple were related in some way. If not, then they may have been a married couple, but then one would have to question how they died at the same time. No evidence of illness or a violent death is evident in the skeletons, so this makes the find even more intriguing.
A point to note for those familiar with the Indus Valley culture is that this site – Rakhigarhi in Haryana – is now even bigger than Mohenjo-Daro, which was previously the biggest known Indus Valley site, a massive city with an equally large population.