Archaeologists have unveiled 120 new terracotta warriors at the Qin Shihuang UNESCO World Heritage Site in Xi’an, China. The third excavation to take place at the site since 1974, this latest discovery includes items never seen before in the collection, including war drums and a painted shield. Along with 12 clay horses, more than 310 small pieces have also been newly excavated.
Some of the most unusual finds in this latest dig include a tool box for chariots, a cross-bow, a painted drum and other items dyed with a unique purple colouring.
With the dig expected to last a further three years, the statues are then expected to be taken to a dedicated museum for colour restoration before joining the other items on display in the now world-famous exhibition in Xi’an.
More than 1000 life-size statues – each one uniquely crafted – have already been discovered at the site. Originally put in place to guard the tomb of Qin Shi Huang, China’s 1st Emperor, the fierce-looking figures are thought to have been modelled on a real army.
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