Museum of Qin Shihuang Terracotta Warriors and Horses Unearths More Finds

. May 12, 2010 . 0 Comments

A company of Terracotta Warriors, most painted in rich colors, have been unearthed at the largest pit within the mausoleum complex of the emperor who first unified China.

A total of 114 Terracotta Warriors have been found at No 1 pit, one of three, where excavation started in June last year, said Xu Weihong, head of the excavation team.

“The total area of the excavation was some 200 sq m and we were pleasantly surprised to find rich colors on Terracotta Warriors,” he said.

Photos of the new find are expected to be released later this month.
The clay warriors, ranging in height from 1.8 m to 2 m, had black hair; green, white or pink faces; and black or brown eyes, the archaeologist said.

The latest excavation also showed that the pit had seven layers, said Liu Zhanchang, director of the archaeology division of the Museum of Qin Shihuang Terracotta Warriors and Horses.

Also, traces of burns on the clay warriors and the walls prove that the pit had been set on fire, Liu said, adding more studies were needed for details.

A number of other relics including weapons, chariots, drums and painted wooden rings were also found during the excavation.

Qin Shihuang (259-210 BC), also called the First Emperor of China, was the founder of China’s first unified feudal empire, the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC).

The pit – located in Lintong district of Xi’an, capital of Northwest China’s Shaanxi province – was discovered accidentally by farmers in March 1974.

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