Skeletal remains of a mother sheltering her child with her body during an earthquake that occurred around 4,000 years ago were recently revealed in Qinghai.

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Skeletal remains of mother sheltering child with her body. Photo: China News.

The remains were found at the Lajia site at Minhe County, preserved in their entirety after the excavation, mainland media reported.

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Lajia site at Qinghai. Photo: China News.

Scholars gathered for a Chinese civilisation symposium earlier this month in Gansu, the birthplace of Qijia culture.

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Skeletal remains at the Qinghai site. Photo: China News.

From there, they travelled across the Yellow River, to the site in Qinghai where the discovery had been made.

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Skeletal remains at Qinghai site. Photo: China News.

Qijia culture (BC 2200-1600) was discovered in 1924 and has since been an important focus of Chinese archaeology. It played a key role in the development of ancient Chinese civilisation, particularly around the upper reaches of the Yellow River.

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