More than 100 New Terracotta Warriors Unearthed in China
2012-06-12 0:00

From: IBTimes.co.uk

More than 100 life-size terracotta warriors have added to the Terracotta Army of China’s Qin Dynasty as archaeologists announced on Monday about the new statues that have been excavated on the outskirts of Xi’an province in China.

The new terracotta warriors, about 110, were unearthed at an excavation site inside the No1 pit of the Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses, which is actually the mausoleum of Qin Dynasty’s Qin Shi Huang (221-210 BC), the first emperor of China.

All the terracotta warrior statues were found over a period of three years of excavation and are in well-preserved state and colourfully painted, according to archaeologists, who said that 11 more statues are yet to be excavated.



Video from: YouTube.com

The terracotta army was discovered in 1974 and opened to the public on China’s National Day in 1979. The museum is built over the site of the excavation itself and was inscribed as Unesco’s World Heritage List in 1987.

"The small figures are all different; with their horses, chariots and weapons, they are masterpieces of realism and also of great historical interest," Unesco mentions about the mausoleum, which is "one of the most fabulous archaeological reserves in the world."

The ancient archaeological site has three pits, considered as a treasure trove of Qin Dynasty’s military affairs, art and technology. According to the official Website of the mausoleum, over 8,000 life size terracotta sculptures of warriors and their horses and more that 10,000 bronze weapons have been excavated from the pits so far. Current estimates suggest that about 6,000 statues of warriors and horses are still buried in the first pit alone.

The mausoleum represents a unique funerary art where Qin Shi Huang lies buried in his tomb surrounded by his army, represented by terracotta warriors, buried along with him in a belief that they would protect their emperor in his life after death.

According to Unesco, the terracotta army of the Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum must have represented the exact number of the imperial guards, and the newly excavated 110 statues are among the other thousands of terracotta warriors, which still remain to be unearthed.








Image credit: Reuters


For the gallery of amazing photos, visit: IBTimes.co.uk








Related Articles
Howls of Derision as Romania Statue Unveiled - Emperor Has No Clothes, Literally
Rare Ancient Statue Depicts Topless Female Gladiator
Over 2,000 ancient Buddha statues discovered in China
Easter Island Statue Project Conservation Initiative Preliminary Report
Giant statue of Amenhotep III unearthed in Egypt
Caligula’s tomb found after police arrest man trying to smuggle statue
Ultraviolet light reveals how ancient Greek statues really looked


Latest News from our Front Page

ABC Is Hiding Details of Killer Vester Flanagan's Manifesto ...(Must Be Littered With Liberal Propaganda)
2015-08-29 3:45
Killer Vester Flanagan was a big Obama supporter. But, you’d never know it from the liberal media. The media is hiding Flanagan’s political leanings from the American public. ABC has yet to release Flanagan’s manifesto. It must be littered with embarrassing liberal propaganda. The Tatler reported, via Instapundit: Two days ago, ABC News reported that Vester Flanagan, the murderer of two WDBJ employees, sent a 23-page ...
Austria, Libya count dead as number of migrants crossing Mediterranean soars
2015-08-29 1:37
Austria said on Friday 71 refugees including a baby girl were found dead in an abandoned freezer truck, while Libya recovered the bodies of 82 migrants washed ashore after their overcrowded boat sank on its way to Europe and scores more were feared dead. The U.N. refugee agency said the number of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean to reach Europe ...
Financial Times Calls For Abolishing Cash
2015-08-29 1:07
liminating physical currency necessary to give central banks more power The Financial Times has published an anonymous article which calls for the abolition of cash in order to give central banks and governments more power. Entitled The case for retiring another ‘barbarous relic’, the article laments the fact that people are stockpiling cash in anticipation of another economic collapse, a factor which ...
Serbian government bans anti-mass immigration protests, and plans ahead for mass immigration
2015-08-29 1:52
Nebojsa Stefanovic, Serbia’s Interior Minister said protesters who are concerned about “an EU plan” to settle thousands of illegal immigrants into the country, will not be allowed to voice their concerns in a protest march on Monday, 31st of August. “We will not allow the expression of intolerance and hatred to be something that is characteristic of Serbia” said Stefanovic. “The Ministry ...
Germany asks Facebook to remove 'racist' anti-migrant posts
2015-08-28 20:32
Heiko Maas, Germany's justice minister, says social network should remove xenophobic posts in the same way it deals with nudity Germany is calling on Facebook to remove “xenophobic and racist” anti-migrant posts from its website and apps. Heiko Maas, the German justice minister, has written to the company to demand an urgent review of its policy over hate messages. “Photos of certain ...
More News »