European skull found in ancient Chinese tomb?
A human skull that appears to belong to a European man has been found in a 1,400-year-old tomb in China, according to a bone expert on Sunday.
The remains were discovered in the M1401 tomb in Guyuan, northwest China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. It is located along the ancient Silk Road, a trade route that connected China to Europe.
Zhang Quanchao, professor from the Research Center for Chinese Frontier Archaeology of Jilin University, told Xinhua that the skull belonged to a 40-year-old European male.
"The man had a protruding nasal bone and a sunk nasion, which are typical features of Europeans," Zhang said. But he also added that more research needs to be done to confirm the theory.
Over 40 pieces of clay figures, copper coins and wall paintings were found together with the skull. According to Zhu Cunshi, the leader of the archaeological team, the tomb dates back to the early Tang Dynasty (618-907).
On studying the skull, archeologists hope to see more evidence on the genetic relationship between European and ancient Chinese people.
(Adapted from Xinhua)