In 2009 in the northern city of Modena, in Italy, a pair of skeletons were found. They were buried with hand-in-hand. After a decade of research, the Italian scientists discovered that the pair skeletons were two men. The remains belonged between the 4th and 6th centuries AD and degraded so badly that the scientists thought it was impossible to determine their gender. Generally, the skeletons were assumed to be a man and woman. Years after the discovery, scientists at the University of Bologna examined protein present in tooth enamel and reached at the conclusion that these skeletons were of two men. Twenty scientists, who were a part of this study published their paper in the journal Scientific Reports; there they wrote,
"We were able to extract proteins from the dental enamel of both individuals ... and to confidently classify them as males."
Between 527-565 AD, under the reign of Justinian, the Eastern Roman emperor same-sex relations were considered a crime, hence they believe that the two was unlikely; they could have been brothers, friends or war comrades. In this context, the scientists wrote,
"Although we cannot exclude that these two individuals were actually in love, it is unlikely that people who buried them decided to show such bond by positioning their bodies hand in hand."
Initially, when the skeletons were discovered they were called the 'lovers of Modena', but the recent findings have taken the research to different course. Current findings stirred up the internet and the netizens are not quite on board with outcome of the research.