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23
Jul
2009
More terracotta warriors found E-mail
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In Xi'an/Shaanxi,  archeologists recently discovered several hundreds more terracotta warriors of the legendary first chinese emperor. The jewel of this recent discovery is the statue of an officer said Xu Weihong, the excavation leader.  The 2000 years old statue is in most parts unharmed - but once again, litte was left from its original coloured painting. This is a common problem with terracotta warriors and scientists are still developing techniques on how to preserve the original colours. Most of the statues are archers, foot soldiers and less than 10 of them are officers.

The new excavations near the tomb of the first emperor Qin Shihuangdi, started around a month ago. It is believed that there are still more than 5000 terracotta warriors hidden there around Xi'àn.

The terracotta army is one of the most spectacular discoveries in modern times. Since 1987 it is on the UNESCO World heritage list.

Qin Shihuangdi, who, in 221 v. Chr. unified China, was the first emperor of China. He ordered the terracotta army to be build, so that his warriors could follow him into the afterlife.


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0 #1 sew sung 2009-08-11 15:30
my recent visit to the terracotta army site left me fascinated, you can actually see one site under escavation ,its quite impressive for history lovers.
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