China's terracotta army has new warriors joining in

Archaeologists believe that they have discovered new warriors of Terracota army in China

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Archaeologists are beginning a new excavation to find clay warriors in pit number two close to the tomb of China's first emperor Qin Shihaung.

The army was built to protect the tomb of the first Qin emperor, Qin Shi Huang, who died in 210 A.D. after conquering much of what is now modern China.

Qin is very important in Chinese history. He built an extensive system of roads and canals along with an early incarnation of the Great Wall of China. He unified measurements and established a single written language, currency and legal statutes.

New excavations close to the mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shihaung have revealed nearly 1,400 of the life size clay statutes and 89 war chariots along with statues of horses.

The Terra Cotta statues weigh approximately 180 kilograms (400 pounds) each and range in height up to 183-195 centimeters (6 feet to 6 feet 5 inches) depending on rank. Generals are the tallest.

Archaeologists have used digital scanning techniques to help the enormous excavation in Xi'an, Shaanxi province in China.

This will be the first dig at the site since 2008 when activity was halted at the site due to a lack of adequate personnel.

Archaeologists are now preparing to unearth an area of 200 square metres in a new excavation in the pit.

Figures uncovered at the site will be wrapped in cling film in an attempt to protect them from the dry Xian air.

TRTWorld and agencies