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  • Exotic Relics Found In Ancient Nomads' Tombs In Inner Mongolia (Westerners)

    10/28/2003 10:23:26 AM PST · by blam · 36 replies · 576+ views
    China View ^ | 10-28-2003
    Exotic relics found in ancient nomads' tombs in Inner Mongolia www.chinaview.cn 2003-10-28 17:13:28 ¡¡¡¡HOHHOT, Oct. 28 (Xinhuanet) -- Judging from bronze articles unearthed from ancient tombs in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, archaeologists estimate that nomadic tribes in north China had contacts with Western civilizations approximately 2,500 years ago.¡¡¡¡Local archaeologists found a bronze mirror and a bronze plate at the two ancient tomb sites in Liangcheng county which can be traced back to the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 B.C.) and the Warring States Period (475-221 B.C.), which they believed could not be the work of ancient northern peoples in...
  • Worker From The West (Ancient China)

    08/07/2006 5:21:33 PM PDT · by blam · 20 replies · 651+ views
    Worker from the West July 10, 2006 Are new DNA findings a surprise or just one more piece of evidence for China's early connections? (Courtesy Victor Mair) According to a news report from China, DNA analysis indicates that at least one of the workers who constructed the tomb of Qinshihuang, the first emperor of China, was in fact of west Eurasian ancestry. ARCHAEOLOGY talked to the University of Pennsylvania's Victor Mair about this announcement and its implications for understanding ancient connections between China and the West. A professor of Chinese language and literature in the university's department of East Asian...
  • Christianity arrives in China 550 years earlier: new evidence

    08/21/2002 8:23:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies · 688+ views
    xinuanet.com ^ | 2002-08-16
    NANJING, Aug. 16 (Xinhuanet) -- A Chinese scholar has recently discovered a clutch of Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220) stone carvings in east China's Jiangsu Province that suggest Christianity entered China some 500 years earlier than it was thought previously. Wang Weifan, a theologist and member of the China Christian Council, said his study of the stones kept in a museum in Xuzhou city showed some dated back to the year AD 86. Genesis stories and early Christian artistic designs could be seen on the stones, he added. Before Wang's research, the accepted theory was that Christianity arrived in China in...
  • Bricks With Molded Designs Unearthed In Chongqing (Caucasians in Ancient China)

    01/12/2004 9:28:45 AM PST · by blam · 39 replies · 6,164+ views
    Bricks with molded designs unearthed in Chongqingwww.chinaview.cn 2004-01-12 20:52:43 CHONGQING, Jan. 12 (Xinhuanet) -- Archaeologists in southwest China's Chongqing municipality have unearthed more than 20 pieces of brick reliefs from a tomb of the Eastern Han Dynasty (25 A.D.-220 A.D.). Lin Bizhong, a noted archaeologist with the Chongqing MunicipalArchaeological Team, said this was the first time that bricks withmolded designs had been unearthed in Chongqing. Previously, such tomb bricks had been excavated from Sichuan province, southwest China, and have been included as relics under state key protection. Lin acknowledged that the brick-and-stone-structured tomb, fromwhich brick reliefs were unearthed, had been...
  • European Man Found in Ancient Chinese Tomb, Study Reveals

    05/26/2007 5:45:03 AM PDT · by Renfield · 59 replies · 3,022+ views
    National Geographic ^ | 5-24-07 | Stefan Lovgren
    Human remains found in a 1,400-year-old Chinese tomb belonged to a man of European origin, DNA evidence shows. Chinese scientists who analyzed the DNA of the remains say the man, named Yu Hong, belonged to one of the oldest genetic groups from western Eurasia. The tomb, in Taiyuan in central China, marks the easternmost spot where the ancient European lineage has been found (see China map). "The [genetic group] to which Yu Hong belongs is the first west Eurasian special lineage that has been found in the central part of ancient China," said Zhou Hui, head of the DNA laboratory...
  • S. Korea:Surprising Discoveries in Silla's Royal Tomb No. 98 (including Greco-Roman artifacts)

    03/31/2004 7:24:50 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 77 replies · 2,072+ views
    historylove.net ^ | N/A | N/A
    Surprising Discoveries in Silla's Royal Tomb No. 98 (including Greco-Roman artifacts) King Nae-Mool(birth/death: unknown/402 AD) and his queen's royal tomb in Dae-Roong-Won, Kyong-ju, S. Korea was excavated in 1973-75 to yield some truly unexpected findings later. Many artifacts were quite different from those known to be produced in Korea or China. Exotic designs and materials abound. Further research established that these artifacts originated from Central Asia, Black Sea, Caucasus, Persia and Eastern Mediterranean. This is quite far away from the South Eastern tip of Korean Peninsula, where this ancient Kingdom, Silla, located. The last of 5 short videos below shows...
  • Roman jewellery found in ancient Japan tomb

    06/22/2012 3:03:28 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 34 replies
    Nineman.com.au ^ | Friday, June 22, 2012 | AFP
    Glass jewellery believed to have been made by Roman craftsmen has been found in an ancient tomb in Japan, researchers said Friday, in a sign the empire's influence may have reached the edge of Asia. Tests have revealed three glass beads discovered in the Fifth Century "Utsukushi" burial mound in Nagaoka, near Kyoto, were probably made some time between the first and the fourth century, the Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties said. The government-backed institute has recently finished analysing components of the glass beads, measuring five millimetres (0.2 inches) in diametre, with tiny fragments of gilt attached. It...
  • Stones indicate earlier Christian link? (Possible Christians in China in 1st Century AD)

    12/22/2005 6:01:19 PM PST · by wagglebee · 56 replies · 1,892+ views
    China Daily ^ | 12/22/05 | Wang Shanshan
    One day in a spring, an elderly man walked alone on a stone road lined by young willows in Xuzhou in East China's Jiangsu Province. At the end of the road was a museum that few people have heard of. A Chinese theology professor says the first Christmas is depicted in the stone relief from the Eastern Han Dynasty (AD 25-220). In the picture above a woman and a man are sitting around what looks like a manger, with allegedly "the three wise men" approaching from the left side, holding gifts, "the shepherd" following them, and "the assassins" queued...
  • Nestorian Tablet in China

    07/21/2004 11:04:48 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies · 767+ views
    This remarkable record of the fact that Christianity flourished in medieval China is a huge stone about ten feet high. Carven dragons and a cross adorn its summit, and its main shaft is completely covered with some two thousand Chinese characters. It stands now in the Peilin or "Forest of Tablets" in Sian-fu, this Peilin being a great hall specially devoted to the preservation of old historic tablets. Up to a few years ago the ancient stone stood with other unvalued monuments in the grounds of a Buddhist monastery, exposed to all the assault of the elements. Only European...
  • Christian Designs Found In Tomb Stones Of Eastern Han Dynasty

    08/04/2002 3:00:50 PM PDT · by blam · 156 replies · 4,430+ views
    CL2000.com ^ | 8-2-2002
    Christian Designs Found in Tomb Stones of Eastern Han Dynasty [2002-08-02] Studies show that as early as 86 A.D., or the third year under the reign of "Yuanhe" of Eastern Han, Dynasty Christianity entered into China, 550 years earlier than the world accepted time. When studying a batch of stone carvings of Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220 A.D.) stored and exhibited in the Museum of Xuzhou Han Stone Carvings, Christian theology professor Wang Weifan was greatly surprised by some stone engravings demonstrating the Bible stories and designs of early Christian times. Further studies showed that some of these engravings were made...
  • Skeleton of Western man found in ancient Mongolian tomb

    02/01/2010 8:42:29 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies · 674+ views
    Science News ^ | Friday, January 29th, 2010 | Bruce Bower
    Heading East Excavations several years ago at an ancient cemetery in Mongolia uncovered a man's skeleton, including this skull, that has yielded genetic evidence of Indo-Europeans reaching eastern Asia at least 2,000 years ago.Kim, et al. Dead men can indeed tell tales, but they speak in a whispered double helix... DNA extracted from this man's bones pegs him as a descendant of Europeans or western Asians. Yet he still assumed a prominent position in ancient Mongolia's Xiongnu Empire, say geneticist Kyung-Yong Kim of Chung-Ang University in Seoul, South Korea, and his colleagues... the Xiongnu Empire -- which ruled a vast...
  • Ancient European Remains Discovered In Qinghai (China)

    07/06/2004 11:02:03 AM PDT · by blam · 133 replies · 9,308+ views
    Ancient European remains discovered in Qinghai www.chinaview.cn 2004-07-06 15:32:53 XINING, July 6 (Xinhuanet) -- Archeologists confirmed that the human skeletons discovered this May in northwest China's Qinghai Province belonged to three Europeans who lived in China over 1,900 years ago. "The physical characteristics of the bones showed it is a typical European race," said Wang Minghui, an expert with the archeological institute under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. The skeletons were spotted at Zhongchuan Town of the province's eastern most Minhe Hui and Tu Autonomous County. Since 2002, archeologists have unearthed nine tombs of Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD)...
  • Roman Descendants Found In China?

    02/01/2007 6:08:49 PM PST · by blam · 35 replies · 2,539+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-2-2007 | Richard Spencer
    Roman descendants found in China? By Richard Spencer in Liqian, north-west China Last Updated: 1:33am GMT 02/02/2007 Sound and vision: Richard Spencer visits the village of Liqian, China(Click at site) Residents of a remote Chinese village are hoping that DNA tests will prove one of history's most unlikely legends — that they are descended from Roman legionaries lost in antiquity. Villager Cai Junnian with his green eyes and ruddy complexion Scientists have taken blood samples from 93 people living in and around Liqian, a settlement in north-western China on the fringes of the Gobi desert, more than 200 miles from...
  • Chinese villagers 'descended from Roman soldiers'

    11/24/2010 2:29:16 PM PST · by markomalley · 37 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/23/2010 | NIck Squires
    Cai Junnian's green eyes give a hint he may be a descendant of Roman mercenaries who allegedly fought the Han Chinese 2,000 years ago Genetic testing of villagers in a remote part of China has shown that nearly two thirds of their DNA is of Caucasian origin, lending support to the theory that they may be descended from a 'lost legion' of Roman soldiers. Tests found that the DNA of some villagers in Liqian, on the fringes of the Gobi Desert in north-western China, was 56 per cent Caucasian in origin. Many of the villagers have blue or green...
  • Anthropologists looking for Roman legion in China

    11/22/2010 4:06:21 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 34 replies · 1+ views
    Newstrack India ^ | Sunday, November 21, 2010 | ANI
    Experts at the newly established Italian Studies Center at Lanzhou University in Gansu province are looking into the possibility that some European-looking Chinese in Northwest China are the descendants of a lost army from the Roman Empire. They will conduct excavations on a section of the Silk Road, a 7,000-kilometer trade route that linked Asia and Europe more than 2,000 years ago, to see if a legion of Roman soldiers settled in China, said Yuan Honggeng, head of the center, reports China Daily... Before Marco Polo's travels to China in the 13th century, the only known contact between the two...
  • 1,700-Year-Old 'Roman Glass' Discovered In East China

    11/20/2005 1:31:32 PM PST · by blam · 44 replies · 1,242+ views
    Xinhua/China.org ^ | 11-20-2005
    1,700-year-old 'Roman Glass' Discovered in East China Glass remains over 1,700 years old, possibly imported from ancient Rome, have been discovered in an ancient tomb located in east China's Anhui Province, local cultural relic department said on Sunday. The tomb was found during the latest road project in Zhulong Village of Dangtu County in Anhui. Archaeologists believed the tomb was built in the Eastern Jin Dynasty (317 - 420). Covered with white mantlerock, the glass remains seem to have ancient Roman shapes and craftwork. According to the local cultural relic department, the owner of the tomb was possibly from an...
  • Roman-Style Column Bolsters Han Dynasty Tomb

    04/08/2007 6:41:47 PM PDT · by blam · 36 replies · 1,272+ views
    Peoples Daily ^ | 4-9-2007
    Roman-style column bolsters Han Dynasty tomb Archeologists excavate near a Roman-style column in a newly found Han Dynasty tomb (202 BC - 220 AD) in Xiao County, east China's Anhui Province, April 3, 2007. (newsphoto) Nearby villagers look on at the stone entrance of a newly found Han Dynasty tomb (202 BC - 220 AD) in Xiao County, east China's Anhui Province, April 3, 2007. (newsphoto) An archeologists cleans carved stones in a newly found Han Dynasty tomb (202 BC - 220 AD) in Xiao County, east China's Anhui Province, April 3, 2007. (newsphoto)
  • Roman Legion Founded Chinese City

    07/31/2005 12:31:23 PM PDT · by blam · 37 replies · 3,270+ views
    Ansa ^ | 7-25-2005
    Roman legion founded Chinese city Survivors of Crassus's routed army said to have built town (ANSA) - Florence, July 25 - Roman soldiers who disappeared after a famous defeat founded a city in eastern China, archaeologists say . The phantom legion was part of the defeated forces of Marcus Licinius Crassus, according to the current edition of the Italian magazine Archeologia Viva . The famously wealthy Crassus needed glory to rival the exploits of the two men with whom he ruled Rome as the First Triumvirate, Pompey the Great and Julius Caesar . Crassus decided to bring down the Parthian...
  • A Roman Legion Lost in China? -- Parts 1 & 2

    02/21/2011 4:33:46 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    Archnews UK ^ | January/February 2011 | Paddy Lambert
    It all started in 1957 when... Homer H Dubs published a paper entitled: 'A Roman City in Ancient China'... he stated that captured soldiers from the battle of Carrhae had been settled and used as mercenaries (and even formed a town!) in North Western China, in what is now the Gansu province... there is a Chinese record, called 'History of the former Han Dynasty'... the story of a territorial battle between the Huns and the Chinese in a place called ZhiZhi, identified today as Zhambal, Uzbekistan, in the year 36 BC... A general in command of the Chinese was a...
  • Romans in Brazil During the Second or Third Century?

    10/17/2004 7:47:13 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies · 1,059+ views
    Mysterious Earth ^ | June 20, 2003 | "Michael"
    This is a discovery that has received little to no examination, much less validation, from the realm of mainstream archaeology, no doubt in part because Marx is not a Ph.D. archaeologist. Scouring the web for more information about this finding, I did find a reference to the discovery in an article from Dr. Elizabeth Lyding Will, an expert on Roman amphoras (clay vessels used to store and ship goods during the Roman era). Dr. Will apparently has a piece of an amphora recovered from Marx's Brazil discovery. Of it, she says: The highly publicized amphoras Robert Marx found in the...
  • Romans in China?

    07/18/2004 8:43:09 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies · 1,650+ views
    Archaeology ^ | Volume 52 Number 3, May/June 1999 | Erling Hoh
    This idea was first proposed by Homer Hasenphlug Dubs, an Oxford University professor of Chinese history, who speculated in 1955 that some of the 10,000 Roman prisoners taken by the Parthians after the battle of Carrhae in southeastern Turkey in 53 B.C. made their way east to Uzbekistan to enlist with Jzh Jzh against the Han. Chinese accounts of the battle, in which Jzh Jzh was decapitated and his army defeated, note unusual military formations and the use of wooden fortifications foreign to the nomadic Huns. Dubs postulated that after the battle the Chinese employed the Roman mercenaries as border...