I recall a documentary on these mummies, and of the carbon datings it named a male figure as having the oldest result, and I recall it fell within Shang, the latest being around east Zhou. They commented on this man being there near the time of the siege of Troy.
It mentioned the 'beauty' too but dont recall a date if they gave. Now I check a text at home it says the beauty is 3,800 years old (although doesnt explain the dating). It says some of them are up to 4,000 years old. Perhaps they didnt carbon date her, but some sources say 4,000 years for the oldest mummies.http://www.meshrep.c...ies/mummies.htm
You are quite right Daniel. Now I look at this website (with lots of good pics of the mummies) I see the one C14 dated in the documentary was 'Cherchen man' and they say '900 years before the 2 century BC', which is more like late Shang/early West Zhou. If I get to see the documentary again I will take note of the figure they gave from the test, but when was Troy?
The beauty they put at 4,000 years ago, and say she was buried there at the time of Abraham and the patriachs of the Old Testament! Wow.
Back to the political angle.
Funny thing is that there are websites (actually quite few) on the Xia and early Shang as black! It seems everyone wants credit for Chinese civilisation. Try a google search for ''negroid, black, Xia, Shang'',etc.
This one takes the prize though;http://www.dailygrail.com/node/1198
''''Briefly, the man with long red hair, wearing a plaid skirt (no, not a joke) was found frozen in Northern China. He was over 7 foot tall and had a metal chip in his skull that scientists cannot identify ie the metal is not known to us. He was dubbed the first "human cyborg" and if memory serves me well he was over 40 000 years old.'''''