Experts believe the skeleton came to the surface due to years of erosion from the sea. The discovery is reminiscent of three skeletons found embracing in the same area back in the 1980s, the likely victims of a strong earthquake which hit the area around 365 AD.
“It looks like an isolated grave close to the coast,” said Maria Hadjicosti, director of the island’s Antiquities department.
“It’s not a contemporary grave. It is over 200 years old or from the Middle Ages or possibly the Christian period. It’s difficult to date because we found nothing else buried with it.”
The fact that the grave is facing east-west could also suggest it is a Christian burial, she added.