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Archaeologists find China's 'Pompeii'

Archaeologists have discovered the site of a disaster that dates back to the Bronze Age in Qinghai Province, China. A catastrophic event is thought to have levelled the settlement about 4,000 years ago, well before Pompeii was destroyed.

Archaeologists find China's 'Pompeii'
A mother holds her child in the earthquake [Credit: CNS]
Researchers believe an earthquake and flooding from the Yellow River hit the town. Among the petrified remains discovered are a mother and her child hugging. Other remains indicate people huddled together trying to survive the disaster.

Archaeologists find China's 'Pompeii'
Archaeologists find China's 'Pompeii'
Archaeologists find China's 'Pompeii'
Archaeologists find China's 'Pompeii'
Lajia Ruins Museum, located in northwest Qinghai province, preserves the largest
 disaster excavation site in China [Credit: CNS]
Lajia is the largest disaster excavation site in China and was discovered in the early 2000s. The skeletons are on display at the Lajia Ruins Museum in Qinghai Province.

Editor's Note: DNA results indicate that the skeletal remains of an adult and child found locked in an embrace at the late Neolithic to early Bronze Age site of Lajia in China are not in fact mother and son. For more information see Kristina Killgrove's article on Forbes: DNA Reveals That It Was Not The Mother Protecting This Child In The 'Asian Pompeii'

Source: The Korea Times [August 12, 2015]

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