CHINA QINGHAI LAJIA ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

CHINA QINGHAI LAJIA ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

View of the Lajia Ruins Museum in Lajia village, Guanting town, Minhe county, northwest China's Qinghai province, 3 August 2015. The loving embrace of a mother and child has lasted 4,000 years, as Chinese archaeologists found when they discovered their interlocked skeletons. The mother is believed to have been trying to protect her child during a powerful earthquake that hit Qinghai province, central China, in about 2,000 BC. The remains were dug up on an early Bronze Age archaeological site branded the 'Pompeii of the East', the People's Daily Online reported. Experts believe the site was hit by an earthquake and flooding of the Yellow River, but are yet to understand the exact scale of the disaster. However, the catastrophe is thought to have wiped out the entire settlement, leading to comparisons with Pompeii - although the site, known as Lajia - is more than 2,000 years older than the ancient Roman city. Photographs of the skeletal remains show the mother looking up above as she kneels on the floor, with her arms around her young child. Archaeologists say they believe her child was a boy. Another pair of skeletons were also found locked in an embrace at the same site, this time lying down on the floor. A number of other remains have also been discovered huddled together. The incredibly well-preserved site paints a tragic picture of people trying to their families in the midst of a terrifying earthquake. The Lajia site is the largest disaster excavation site in China at nearly 40,000 square feet and was first discovered in the early 2000s. The excavation site is of particular historical importance because it holds clues to an early Bronze Age civilisation that lived in the upper Yellow River region. The team of archaeologists presented their findings at an academic conference in Gansu province, northwest China, earlier this month. The skeletons are now on display at the Lajia Ruins Museum.(Imaginechina via AP Images)

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August 03, 2015 04:00:00 AM
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