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4,000 Year Old Lost Tribe
One of the most fantastic finds in the last half of the twentieth century has to be the discovery of a Northern European tribe found in the northeast corner of Xinjiang province, near the Celestial Mountains and the Taklimakan Desert on the edge of the Gobi desert.
The story starts in 1978 when the Chinese archaeologist, Wang Binghus, started searching for ancient sites. He began by following stream beds, and asking the locals if they had ever come across any broken pots and artifacts. He eventually came across a few people who pointed out that there was a place called Qizilchoqa, or, as the local people called it, Red hill. Here he made the most amazing discovery, the first of the mummies. It had been placed in a grave on the side of the hill.
They had been placed in the ground, which had been subjected to a unique weather system. Heat, aridity, and bitter winter cold, mixed with a salty soil, had preserved them better than other mummies found around the world. Even the clothing was still perfectly recognizable.
The faces of the mummies were very well preserved, so, on closer examination, they could see that they were not Chinese. They had blonde hair, big eyes, and European noses.
At that time, Chinese tradition had always shown the fact that they believed China had developed independently from the rest of the world. Because of this, the government was reluctant to bring the finds to the public attention.
The most extraordinary thing about the mummies was the fact that their clothes were in such good condition. A jacket belonging to one man, over three thousand years old, still had a crimson edge. And the women had artificial extensions in their hair.
This tribe was obviously very advanced for its day. On one of the mummies, there is a scar which shows they had rudimentary operating skills. It had been sown up with horses hair.
These people were from the Bronze age, they were Caucasian, and it is possible that they interacted with the indigenous people at that time. The local people probably taught them their traditions, and the Caucasians most likely introduced them to their way of life as well.
There were two cartwheels found at the burial sites, very similar to what you might find in Russia, or nearby countries. These amazing people were probably Scandinavian or German; it is amazing to think that they trekked across China all the way from Europe, 4,000 years ago, taking their traditions and language with them. How many other tribes were there? Who knows?
Is this the original Witches hat that has come down through history?
originally posted by: stormcell
What an amazing find. In those pictures, those people look so peaceful and at rest. They look like turn-of-the century Frontier settlers from the USA. I wonder what they were fleeing from in order to make that move to China?
originally posted by: Agartha
a reply to: dug88
They are incredibly beautiful!!
DNA showed they were mixed with maternal genes from Western Europe, South Siberia and also Mongolia.
The most common haplogroup was from South Siberia, C. They also had one Indian, M5.
Haplogroup H is very common all over West Europe, including Spain, France, UK and Northern countries.
This is a politically disputed region in China and DNA actually shows the population from the Russian steppe contributed more to their genes. Current inhabitants claim to be culturally different from the rest of China, and now they can also say they are genetically different.
-- DNA Analysis --
originally posted by: whitewave
Sounds like it may have inhabitants of Tatar (Tartar).
They had a huge territory that included Northwestern China all the way to Russia. What information is available about the Tatars shows them to be a multicultural melting pot.
originally posted by: whitewave
a reply to: toms54
Actually, Ghengis Khan became ruler when he defeated Un Khan and there were rulers before then, as well.
Also, our timeline of history seems to be greatly skewed and not at all reliable.
The "witches hat" looks to be Phyrigian. www.google.com...