Ancient Greeks artists could have travelled to China 1,500 years before Marco Polo’s historic trip to the east and helped design the famous Terracotta Army, according to new research.
The startling claim is based on two key pieces of evidence: European DNA discovered at sites in China’s Xinjiang province from the time of the First Emperor in the Third Century BC and the sudden appearance of life-sized statues.
“By systematically examining the First Emperor’s main tomb and
subsidiary burials we have discovered something more important even than
the Terracotta Army.”
The mitochondrial DNA samples revealed Europeans had settled down in
China and died there during the time of the First Emperor and even