This is a discussion on A side note for the Rome V's Han China thread within the Military History forums, part of the China Defense & Military category; Residents of the remote village of Liqian in northwestern Gansu provinceare hoping DNA testing may prove that they are the ...
Residents of the remote village of Liqian in northwestern Gansu provinceare hoping DNA testing may prove that they are the descendants of a roaming band of Roman legionnaires who found their way to western China two millennia ago.
The Telegraph reports that scientist have collected blood samples from nearly 100 people in the region surround Liqian in the hope of discovering the reason why an unusual proportion of locals have Western characteristics that include green eyes, big noses, above average height, and even in some rare cases like 6 year old child Gu Meina, blonde hair. Her father Gu Jianming described the events surrounding his daughter's natural blonde locks and his surprise about potential links with Roman Legionnaires...
"We shaved it off a month after she was born but it just grew back the same colour..."
"... At school they call her 'yellow hair'. Before we were told about the Romans, we had no idea about this. We are poor and have no family temple, so we don't know about our ancestors."
The hypothesis that a wandering band of Roman legionnaires shacked up in north-western China 2000 years ago took almost 40 years to reach China as throughout Chairman Mao's rule, ideas of foreign ancestries were not welcome and the story was suppressed.
They must have been some kick ass hard romans, anyone hear any thing about Han troops this far in Roman Lands? I love the chinese guy shaving the head to try get rid of blond hair...and supprise it grew back the same colour....dumb ass.
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Seems BlueJacket already put this topic up, but the report from the Telegraph, as opposed to the link by BlueJacket is a bit better as it includes a map.
Last edited by Aerodriver; 02-09-2007 at 12:13 AM. Reason: just noticed almost same thread below