PHOTOS: Archaeologists Make Jaw-Dropping Find Next to 4,000 Year Old Skull

Archaeologists in China recently made a startling discovery, one that has literally left some people in tears after viewing it.

The archaeologists have been digging at a massive site in Lajia, uncovering evidence of a catastrophic earthquake that occurred more than 4,000 years ago.

The Bronze Age-era site, which has been dubbed the “Pompeii of the East,” is located in the Quinghai Province in central China.

The excavation site is strewn with the skeletal remains of people desperately trying to protect themselves and others from the devastation wrought by a massive earthquake and subsequent flooding of the Yellow River.

Some of the skeletons appear to be curled up in fetal positions, while a few are stretched out on top of other skeletons, perhaps unsuccessfully trying to cover and protect them from danger.

According to Opposing Views, the tear-jerker find at the archaeological site appears to be that of a mother holding her child tightly in her arms as they both perished.

Sitting on her knees and looking up towards the sky, the skeletal remains of the mother seem to cradle to her chest the skull and skeleton of a small child.

The historically significant site was discovered in the early 2000s and is the largest excavation site in China at more than 40,000 square feet.

It has been opened up as a museum display for the public, drawing thousands of visitors, many of whom are touched by the skeletal mother and child.

Though they are mere skeletons, the love this mother had for her child in the last moments of their lives some 4,000 years ago is still plainly visible for all to see.

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