More Terracotta Warriors Discovered in NW China
Xinhua, June 12, 2012
Archeologists unearthed more than 310 pieces of cultural relics from the No. 1 Pit of the Mausoleum of Emperor Qinshihuang in Xi'an during a recent excavation of the mausoleum of the first emperor after China's unification.
The new discoveries include over 100 terracotta soldiers and war horses, two sets of chariots, as well as some weaponry, drums and a shield, said Yuan Zhongyi, a well-known archeologist who took part in the excavation work.
The shield is an exciting discovery, because no shields had previously been found in the three pits of terracotta warriors, Yuan said.
The shield, about 70 centimeters in height and 50 centimeters wide, was found on the right side of one of the chariots.
Experts believed the shield, which is twice as large as the bronze shield found among bronze chariots and horses, is evidence of the size of shields in the Qin Dynasty (221 BC-206 BC), because the bronze chariots and horses were produced to be half the size of real ones.
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