More terracotta warriors unearthed in China

June 11th, 2012 - 10:24 pm ICT by IANS  

Shaan Beijing, June 11 (IANS) More terracotta warriors were found during excavations at the mausoleum of emperor Qin Shihuang (259-210 B.C.) in China.

Among the findings is a giant 2.5-metre tall warrior and a lacquered leather shield 60 cm long and 40 cm wide, twice the size of a bronze shield found in the 1980s.

Each terracotta figurine has its own facial expression, Global Times reported Monday.

A large number of wares with colour paintings on them were also found at the site in Shaanxi province, said team leader Xu Weihong. New round of excavations started in 2009.

Earlier, archaeologists had found over 310 relics, including 120 terracotta figurines and 12 horses, at the site.

The figurines found on the passageways had been burned out of shape. Xiang Yu, a military leader during the late Qin Dynasty is believed to be the one who ordered the mausoleum to be set on fire, said Shen Maosheng, an archaeologist.

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