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    Chinese Villagers 'Descended from Roman Soldiers'

    Genetic testing of villagers in a remote part of China has shown that nearly two thirds of their DNA is of Caucasian origin, lending support to the theory that they may be descended from a 'lost legion' of Roman soldiers. Tests found that the DNA of some villagers in Liqian, on the fringes of the Gobi Desert in north-western China, was 56 per cent Caucasian in origin.

    Many of the villagers have blue or green eyes, long noses and even fair hair, prompting speculation that they have European blood. A local man, Cai Junnian, is nicknamed by his friends and relatives Cai Luoma, or Cai the Roman, and is one of many villagers convinced that he is descended from the lost legion.


    Source:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/8154490/Chinese-villagers-descended-from-Roman-soldiers.html

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    Traits non-typical of normal Chinese people are not just found in "a remote village in North-Western China."

    The modern day Uighur people who inhabit the Xinjiang Province are a Turkic people, who are of mixed Mongoloid and Caucasian ancestry.






    The Tocharians were an ancient group of Indo-European speaking people who were the ancestors of the Uighur and many other groups who live in Western China. The Tocharians are often associated with the Tarim mummies which were Caucasian.

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    The clash took place in 53BC between an army led by Marcus Crassus, a Roman general, and a larger force of Parthians, from what is now Iran, bringing to an abrupt halt the Roman Empire's eastwards expansion.

    Thousands of Romans were slaughtered and Crassus himself was beheaded, but some legionaries were said to have escaped the fighting and marched east to elude the enemy.

    They supposedly fought as mercenaries in a war between the Huns and the Chinese in 36BC – Chinese chroniclers refer to the capture of a "fish-scale formation" of troops, a possible reference to the "tortoise" phalanx formation perfected by legionnaries. The wandering Roman soldiers are thought to have been released and to have settled on the steppes of western China.
    I feel the inspiration coming on to write a new historical fiction story

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    Chinese Villagers 'Descended from Roman Soldiers'

    Genetic testing of villagers in a remote part of China has shown that nearly two thirds of their DNA is of Caucasian origin, lending support to the theory that they may be descended from a 'lost legion' of Roman soldiers.

    Article: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...-soldiers.html

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