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In pictures: Terracotta warriors unearthed

Over 100 ancient figures have been found at a dig at the Qin Shihuang museum site in China.

ARCHAEOLOGISTS IN CHINA have discovered over 100 terracotta warriors alongside terracotta horses and chariots in the latest dig at the famous Qin Shihuang Terracotta Warriors and Horses museum site. Qin Shihuang founded China’s first unified feudal empire, the Qin Dynasty, and ruled as the first emperor of that unified China until 210BC.

Terracotta figures were first found at the site by farmers in 1974. Thousands of human and equine figures were discovered in the initial excavations at the site’s three ‘pits’. A 230-metres-long building was constructed over the first pit in in the late 70s to protect the site and this structure was inaugurated as a public museum in 1979.

The latest figures to be unearthed there have been found since the third excavation of that no. 1 pit got underway in June 2009 and are very well preserved:

In pictures: Terracotta warriors unearthed
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    (Photo by Yuan Jingzhi/ChinaFotoPress/PA)
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    (Photo by Ruan Banhui/ChinaFotoPress/PA)
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    (Photo by Yuan Jingzhi/ChinaFotoPress/PA)
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    (Photo by Ruan Banhui/ChinaFotoPress/PA)
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    (Photo by Ruan Banhui/ChinaFotoPress/PA)
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    (Photo by Yuan Jingzhi/ChinaFotoPress/PA)
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    (Photo by Yuan Jingzhi/ChinaFotoPress/PA)
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    (Photo by Yuan Jingzhi/ChinaFotoPress/PA)
  • Terracotta Warriors

    (Photo by Ruan Banhui/ChinaFotoPress/PA)
  • Terracotta Warriors

    (Photo by Ruan Banhui/ChinaFotoPress/PA)

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