In a 2016 excavation in Taiwan, 48 human specimens were uncovered, frozen in place. In a touching moment dating back approximately 4,800 years, a mother is seen, cradling her baby.
The archaeologists were stunned.
The bodies were reported last week — 43 adults, and five children. The mother and child were particularly endearing — the mother was only 5′ 2″ tall, according to News Oxy. The baby was approximately 18 inches.
These researchers were amazed and heart-warmed, but it’s actually not the only instance of remains being found in this fashion — in fact, there was another pair found in a similar manner in a 2015 dig in China, where a mother was found shielding her child from some external force.
That dig site is known as the “Pompeii of the East,” and for good reason.
Scientists believe that an earthquake of surprising force hit the Qinghai province around 2,500 BC and that mother was protecting her child, believed to be a boy, from either falling rubble, or some sort of other environmental danger. Some find it heartwarming, others find it chilling — the mother is seen looking up, presumably at whatever she is protecting her child from, and that is where they found immortality.
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