Photographs taken of the site of an earthquake that happened 4,000 years ago in China tell a story worth much more than a thousand words.
Chinese archaeologists discovered interlocked skeletons in Lajia, an early Bronze Age archaeological site that has been referred to as the “Pompeii of the East,” the People’s Daily Online reported.
Experts believe the site was the scene of a devastating earthquake that hit the Qinghai province in central China in about 2,000 B.C. and the flooding of the Yellow River.
Photographs show several skeletons, some in the fetal position and others face-down on top of other skeletons. One photograph shows a skeleton on its knees looking up with a skull resting near its arms. Archaeologists believe those are the remains of a mother trying to protect her child from the powerful earthquake.
According to the People’s Daily, the shocking scene, which is currently on display at the Lajia Ruins Museum, often brings visitors to tears. It’s known as the largest excavation site in China at nearly 40,000 square feet and was discovered in the early 2000s, the Daily Mail reported.
The site is also of historical significance as it holds clues to an early Bronze Age civilization that lived in the upper Yellow River region.