China’s terracotta army has new recruits: 1,400 more clay warriors, horses and chariots found buried near emperor’s tomb
They have watched over the tomb of China’s first emperor for more than 2,000 years, but it appears the terracotta army is about to swell in size.
New excavations close to the mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shihaung, who founded the Qin Dynasty in 221BC, have revealed nearly 1,400 of the life size clay statutes.
Archaeologists have used digital scanning techniques to help the enormous excavation in Xi’an, Shaanxi province in China.
They estimate the pit, which is thought to have been where the army’s cavalry and archers were placed, also contains 89 war chariots along with statues of horses.
It is the first dig at the site since 2008 when activity was halted at the site due to a lack of adequate personnel.
Some of the most exquisite statues were uncovered during early work at the site, including a rare warrior with a green face.
The discovery suggested that the army was once colourfully painted, but the pigments have faded over time.
JC-Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, 19 hours ago
I’ve been there, the experience made me very emotional.
Garnet, Pacific Northwest, 14 hours ago
I hope they are able to figure out a way to open the main tomb in my lifetime. I’d really love to see the treasures in there.
mlmd, Bramble, United States, 15 hours ago
I saw this in a documentary, absolutely fascinating and quite amazing.
fastfred73, Leeds, United Kingdom, 10 hours ago
Went to go visit this on my visit to China 20 years ago. Absolutely amazing. 8th Wonder of the world. The horse chariots are really something. China was weird then, people where still running around in boiler suits with pictures of Chairman Mao everywhere. I suspect its changed a lot ( might be time for a trip back ).
D.Brian, Morgantown, United States, 13 hours ago
Never understood why this isn’t on the list of world wonders
dave, falmouth, 12 hours ago
Because it had not been discovered when the 7 wonders of the world were listed. Angkor Watt, Machu Pitzu and other sites may also be worthy with today’s knowledge.
Rayman, Liverpool, United Kingdom, 14 hours ago