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.
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.
The well-preserved remains show how people huddled together as they try to survive the devastating disaster.
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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