Terracotta Army Joined By Newly Found Forces

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Alison Chung, Sky News Online

Chinese archaeologists have unearthed a number of new terracotta warriors in their latest round of excavations.

One of the faces of the newly discovered terracotta warriors

The discovery was made at the terracotta army site that surrounds the vast tomb of Qin Shihuang, China’s first emperor, in northeastern Shaanxi Province.

China’s state news agency Xinhua reported that around 120 figures had been found at the museum’s site.
But the museum’s director and other officials at the institution have reportedly disputed the figures.
They said new warriors had been discovered but said the number was more likely to be between 10 and 20 by the time the excavation is completed.

Horses are among the find

Considered the “eighth wonder of the world”, the ancient clay soldiers with horses, weapons and various other artifacts were created over 2,000 years ago to protect the tomb of Emperor Shihuang (259-210 BC).
The site was discovered by accident when farmers drilling a well near the emperor’s unexcavated tomb stumbled upon the statues in 1974.

Since then, more than 1,000 clay warriors out of an estimated 8,000 life-size figures have been unearthed in the three pits at the mausoleum.

The latest dig in the “number three” excavation pit began one month ago.

The life-sized clay warriors found during the first excavation from 1978 to 1984

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