New Terracotta Army Discovered at Ancient Emperor’s Tomb

New Terracotta Army Discovered at Ancient Emperor’s Tomb

New Terracotta Army Discovered at Ancient Emperor’s Tomb

0 comments 📅05 May 2015, 02:24

CHINA’s famous terracotta army is about to be reinforced: Fresh excavations on a burial pit in the ancient capital, Xi’an are expected to uncover 1500 more of the live-sized clay figurines.

The excavation, which began last Thursday, is centred upon a 200sq/m patch of the 56sq/km underground mausoleum of China’s first emperor, Emperor Qinshihuang, who reigned in 221BC.

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Archaeologist Yuan Zhongyi told media that he anticipated the burial pit would contain 1400 more terracotta warriors and archers, along with about 90 horse-drawn chariots.

Progress has so far been promising, he said.: “Their colourful paint is also relatively well preserved.”

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The excavation site, known as “Pit No. 2”, has previously produced several particularly fine specimines — including one with a distinctive green-coloured face.

The number of clay figurines expected to be uncovered is based on the positioning and density of previous discoveries in the area.

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Previous excavations at the Shaaxi Province site uncovered more than 7000 warriors and horses since 1974.