We have been taught that the Chinese civilization developed without any outside influence. When Chinese archaeologists discovered mummies in their desert province of Xinjiang, they were startled to find that these people were of Celtic origin. The mummies had red hair and clothing made in Europe. These people brought with them horses, the wheel and woven cloth. Evidence suggests that these ‘caucasians’ resided in China for over 3000 years. This amazing find would have been kept secret to the outside world if not for the chance discovery of an American professor Victor Mair in the 1980’s.
These mummies were part of the ‘Secrets of the Silk Road’ exhibit which toured the US in 3 cities in 2010-11. However, the exhibit was cancelled suddenly without warning by the Chinese government because of their perceived cultural sensitivity.
Personally, I think it would be appropriate for the Chinese government to return these mummies to a western historical center, such as the British Museum, since the mummies are not Chinese. They should be displayed and their history shared, not hidden away in China.
To learn more check out the fascinating documentary “Ancient White Mummies of Asia“.