This 4000-Year-Old Embrace Shows a Love that Stood the Test Of Time

By Anne Cacherell

In around 2,000 BC, a catastrophic earthquake hit Qinghai province, also known as “China’s Pompeii,” that buried and destroyed an entire community.
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After 4,000 years, archaeological excavations reveal a shocking picture of interlocked skeletal remains of what seems to be a mother protecting her child. Frozen in time, this heartbreaking, 4-century old embrace shows the mother kneeling down on the ground with her arms around her son.
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The well-preserved remains show how people huddled together as they try to survive the devastating disaster.
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DNA test results, however, suggest that these remains are not in fact “mother and son,” but are “consistent with a possible close kinship.” The sex of the child was also not confirmed. These skeletons are on display at the Lajia Ruins Museum in Qinghai Province.
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It’s hard to imagine the final moments of these people while facing a devastating tragedy. What can you say about these photos? Share with us your thoughts.