Chinese skeletons in the Roman ruins

Some links from the last couple of days:

The Beijing Cuckoo Project is tracking some Beijing cuckoos on their annual migration.

Chinese skeletons found in ancient Roman ruins in London

Two skeletons have been discovered in a London graveyard which could change our view of the history of Europe and Asia.

Analysis of the bones, found in a Roman burial place in Southwark, discovered that they dated to between the 2nd and 4th Century AD and were probably ethnically Chinese.

Dr Rebecca Redfern, curator of human osteology at the Museum of London, told BBC Radio 4’s The World at One the find was “the first time in Roman Britain we’ve identified people with Asian ancestry” and it was “absolutely phenomenal”.

 

Sinica podcast: Shanzhai culture in China

A conversation about shanzhai and the whole universe of Chinese knockoff culture with Fan Yang, an assistant professor in the Department of Media and Communication Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and the author of the book Faked in China: Nation Branding, Counterfeit Culture, and Globalization.

 

Chinese Jews of Ancient Lineage Huddle Under Pressure

After locking down Buddhist monasteries in Tibet and tearing down church crosses in eastern China, President Xi Jinping’s campaign against unapproved religion and foreign influence has turned to an unlikely adversary: a small group of Jews whose ancestors settled in this now faded imperial city near the banks of the Yellow River more than 1,000 years ago.

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