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New terracotta warriors to be unearthed from famed Xi’an pit

Terracotta Warriors, Xian.
Terracotta Warriors, Xian. Image by einalem / CC BY-SA 2.0

The famous Army of Terracotta Warriors may soon have additions to its ranks. Archaeologists are preparing to uncover a further 200 square metres of Pit No. 2 in Xi’an, where 1300 warriors have already been unearthed. Scientists believe up to 1500 more statues could still be buried in the second pit. The life-size army of thousands was buried alongside China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang (221-206 BC), purportedly to usher him safely into the afterlife. More than 7000 terracotta statues of horses and warriors have been unearthed at the site since it was discovered by local peasants in 1974. Read more: ecns.cn