Chinese settlement may show evidence of lost Roman army.

In the 1990's, archaeologists were surprised to discover evidence of early western settlers in a remote town in China's Yongchang County on the edge of the Gobi desert, including a Roman style fort and nearby residents with blonde hair and green eyes.

To study the area, an Italian studies center at Lanzhou University in Gansu Province has been established. The center plans to conduct excavations of sites along the Silk Road to prove possible connections to the Chinese and 2nd century Roman diplomats or a lost Roman army.