Did Ancient Greeks help build the Terracotta Army? Western contact with China may have begun 1,500 years before Marco Polo
European explorer Marco Polo arrived in China in 1275 AD, after dreaming of exploring the distant world for years.
Historians had thought this was the first contact between China and the west, but now a startling new study suggests otherwise.
The report, outlined in an upcoming BBC documentary, suggests China was in contact with ancient Greek artists 1,500 years before Marco Polo arrived in the east.
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The controversial claim is based on two pieces of evidence.
The first is European DNA discovered at sites in China's Xinjiang province from the time of the First Emperor... read more
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