Saturday, October 29, 2011

Desert Mummies

The Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Museum houses a collection of mummies, beautifully and naturally preserved by the dry desert climate and salty deposits of a long-ago dried up salt lake.

yellow face paint is still crisp and vivid

These mummies, dated at approximately 1800 BC,  have stirred up quite a controversy with the Chinese government when genetic testing in 2005 revealed them to be Caucasian, not Mongoloid - proving that Caucasians roamed China's Tarim deserts about 1,000 years before East Asian people arrived.

long blonde braids

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