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New Artifacts Revealed from Terracotta Army

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Never-before-seen artifacts from the Terracotta Warriors' Museum were unveiled on Saturday.

Tourists crowded along the edge of a vast pit that makes up part of the tomb of Qin Shihuang, China's first emperor, in Xi'an, capital of Shanxi Province. The Qin Dynasty lasted from 221 BC to 206 BC.

Archaeologists excavated more than 120 terracotta warriors, three groups of 12 pottery horses, two chariots, two war drums, ten weapon handles, 12 sets of crossbows and quivers and one painted shield.

The finds included 310 smaller artifacts such as bronze harnesses, weapons and tools for production.

The third major excavation of the No.1 pit began in 2009 and is still continuing, following the first two excavations in 1974 and 1985.

The mausoleum complex of Qin Shihuang covers an area of almost 23 square miles.

It is thought that more than 700,000 people were involved in the construction of the mausoleum over 38 years until the emperor's death.

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