"From what I have read most recently, these amazing chariots most likely came from your Tarim folks or their relatives just to the northwest. In some of the Shang burials, the skeletons associated with the chariots are likely Caucasian."
I was wondering about that. You mean these folks The Curse Of The Red-Headed Mummy in the Tarim Basin.
posted on 10/29/2005 4:42:57 PM PDT
Yes, they or their northwestern neighbors. The chariots appeared suddenly in China with spoked wheels and a light frame but no evidence of a solid wheeled predecessor like there had been in India. The people of the Steppes were far ahead of the curve on mounted and wheeled warfare. The Chinese on the other hand, were rich in material and culture, making an exchange or even the hiring of mercenaries likely. The idea is presented in the Cambridge Histories.
posted on 10/29/2005 6:02:42 PM PDT
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