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07
Jun
2009
Hi-Tech helps to explore ancient tomb near airport E-mail
News - Xi'an News
Written by He Meng
On the construction site for expanding the airport, parks a truck with microscope, freezers, chemicals and robots. The robots can be changed to two different shapes. The first one can go through a hole of more than 10-cm.

The latter one can walk inside the tomb, move on slopes with an angle between -26 degrees and 30 degrees. And sees and can recognize gases inside the tomb. This vehicle is specifically designed for archeological exploring purposes. China started this project 3 years ago.


Why the vehicle is needed? Because of a heart-breaking lesson decades ago:

Around 1950, at the digging site of another tomb, when the tomb was opened, the color painting of the precious artifacts vanished in seconds. Later, the silk artifacts was preserved for a while after a chemical treatment.
Our valuable Editor He Meng has been with us since Tuesday, 12 May 2009.

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