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The buildup of the famous terracotta army could have been ordered by a different ruler than Emperor Qin. The chinese historian CHEN JINQYUAN, finds it possible that it was not the founder of the legendary Qin dynasty - emperor Qin Shuhuangdi - who ordered the construction of the warriors.

The historian believes that it was the female ruler Empress XUAN who was the real mastermind for the terracotta army.

The scientist said to "Global Times" , a state-owned newspaper, that the look of the warriors supports his theory. The hairstyles and the clothing of the warriors shows their belonging to another epoche, and that was BEFORE Emperor Qin. Chen’s book, "TheTruth of Terracotta Warriors", outlines 63 examples illustrating his theory. Empress XUAN died 55 years before Qin was born.

 It was always thought of the terracotta army, that Emperor Qin gave the order to build it. Qin achieved in 221 BC the unification of the warring kingdoms and declared himself the first emperor. The terracotta warriors were found in 1974 by a farmer in an area near Xi'an. It is believed that there are still approx. 5000  life-sized warriors hidden. The terracotta army is one of the greatest archeological discoveries in modern times and since 1987 on the World Heritage List.

Jingyuan's theory started a controverse, but not new discussion among historians.There are indeed supporters for this theory. According to the historian SIMA QIAN, construction of this mausoleum began in 246 BC and involved 700,000 workers. And Qin Shi Huang was only thirteen when construction began."

At that time, Ying Zheng was "merely" the king of Qin and not yet Shihuangdi. Lü Buwei was his prime minister/chancellor for a decade. So, it might have been constructed or initiated under one ruler...before Qin became Emperor...

Our valuable Editor ND has been with us since Monday, 15 June 2009.

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