How did a man travelled from Easthern Asia to the Roman Empire 2000 years ago ? And why did he go so far away ?
These are the questions that Canadian archaeologists from McMaster University put , they are led by anthropologist Tracy Prowse , in the year 2009 after an intresting discovery in the south of italy .
The place in question is Roman necropolis of Vagnari in Puglia, where 75 human skeletons were found.
Surprisingly, they discovered that the maternal ancestry of one of them was from a man that came from East Asia – probably from China – and seems to be the first case of its kind discovered in the Roman Empire.
Who was that man ?
„At first glance we might be tempted to put this person in connection with the flourishing silk trade between China and Rome,” showed the report Canadian researchers.
However, it seems more credible the idea that this man was a slave, because Vagnari was an imperial county, where iron was melted and they also make bricks . Many found work as slaves, and perhaps it was this Asian man a;sp judging after his tomb which was not that the tomb of a wealthy man.
The only personal thing found in the tomb was a clay pot, in addition, there was another person buried on top
Why this discovery is so intresting?
At least this discovery suggests that at that time there were people who traveled from East Asia to the Mediterranean.
(There was also prooves that people arrived from the West till Easthern Asia .)
Curiosity, desire to discover something new or rather forced by adverse circumstances: the need to survive, followed by the hope of finding something better.Who knows what pushed this man to leave his home area?
What is your opinion ?
It’s a good thing to go outside your own country or is it better to remain in your home country?
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