China unearths over 100 new terracotta warriors
[Chinese archaeologists announced the discovery of 110 life-sized terracotta warriors, guarding the tomb of Qin Shi Huang, Chinas first emperor.
Over 8,000 such soldiers – which date back to 200 BC, and collectively comprise the Qin Emperors massive [Terracotta Army] – have been discovered at the mausoleum in Xian, China since it was discovered in 1974; but these particular sculptures are in fantastic condition.
[The most significant discovery this time around is that the relics that were found were well-preserved and colourfully painted], said Shen Maosheng, from the Qin Shihuang Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, in an interview with AFP.
Other discoveries included sculpted war horses, two sets of chariots, weapons, drums and a shield that was reportedly used by soldiers of the period. Incredibly, The Guardian reports that the 310 relics uncovered in this most recent excavation are thought to represent only a fraction of what remains to be discovered at the historic site.
June is shaping up to be a good month for Chinese archaeology; first the Great Wall of China is revealed to be more than twice as long as previously believed, now archaeologists are turning up beautifully preserved relics from the countrys unification]. – The Guardian/AFP/BBC. (Photo by AP/Reuters/AFP via BBC)