Terracotta Warriors: More Statutes Unearthed in China
Terracotta warriors, the sculpted army that depict Qin Shi Huang’s legion of soldiers, are buried in the area surrounding the Huang’s mausoleum. Archeologists estimate that there are over 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses, and 150 cavalry horses arranged outside of the emperor’s final resting place, many of which are still buried in the surrounding pits. In addition to his army, a handful of statues depicting officials, acrobats, strongmen, and musicians, have also been discovered over the years.
On Monday, an official announced that Chinese archaeologists had unearthed 110 new terracotta statutes. The most interesting aspect of this particular discovery is the condition of the warriors. According to Shen Maosheng from the Qin Shihuang Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, the latest batch of statutes are well-preserved and colorfully painted. He also added that there are 11 more that currently remain buried.
Presently, visitors to the area can tour the archeological dig site, where workers continue to excavate the statues. Check out the embedded video for a look at the warriors that have already been unearthed.