PEKING — Archeologists in northwest China have discovered 50 well-preserved corpses believed to be at least 3,000 years old, the official New China News Agency reported Monday.
Officials of the Cultural Relics Bureau said the bodies have high noses, low cheekbones and blond or brown hair tied in a bun--different characteristics from the Mongoloid race, to which most Chinese belong. Five corpses are tattooed with geometric patterns.
The news agency said the bodies were found in burial pits up to six feet deep in an ancient graveyard in Wupu township of arid Xinjiang province, about 700 miles west of Peking.
Most of the 50 bodies are clothed in felt, fur or knit wool hats, leather boots and woolen clothes of "beautiful designs and bright colors," the news agency quoted local officials of the Cultural Relics Bureau as saying.