The Tarim Mummies

Located along the silk road, in the northwestern corner of the China, the Tarim Valley is the site of over 200 mummies discovered in the 1930’s. Upon their discovery, archaeologists were surprised to find mummies with the high cheekbones, long noses, and even red hair of the Europeans.

These findings suggest that previous theories regarding the settling of the area may not be completely accurate. In an effort to retain unity throughout the country, the Chinese government has long maintained that the first peoples to settle the region came from central China. Theories now suggest that the first people to settle the area came from the west and the history of the region is one of complexity and frequent intermixing.

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