Found locked in a loving embrace, the skeletons of a mother and child uncovered in central China were victims of a powerful earthquake that hit Qinghai province around 2000 BC.
The positioning of other skeletal remains found at the site are just as moving and convey the tragedy of the villagers’ final moments.
Chinese archaeologists believe that their entire Bronze Age settlement, known as Lajia, was wiped out by the earthquake and subsequent flooding of the Yellow River, but are yet to understand the scale of the catastrophe.
The Lajia site was first discovered in the early 2000s and is being dubbed the ‘Pompeii of the East’, although it is more than 2,000 years older than the Roman site.
Photographs show the mother crouched on the ground and looking up, with her arms around her young child, thought to be a boy. Other skeletons are huddled together on the ground, some also locked in a final embrace.
Source: People’s Daily Online