European man found in Chinese tomb

European man's remains found in ancient Chinese tomb | World News # 92128:

A human skull found in a 1,400 years old tomb in China possibly belonged to a man of European origin, scientists revealed Sunday.

The skull was found in the M1401 tomb in Guyuan city in Ningxia Hui autonomous region, Xinhua reported.

There are a number of 'European' burials along the Silk Road and into the Taklamakan Desert of NW China, so the find is no huge surprise, but fascinating none the less.

In the West we tend to concentrate on sea trade with the East, due to the survival of The Periplous, a Roman maritime manual - but in the East they tend to emphasise the land route as that's where the archaeological evidence is.

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