More Terracotta Army Soldiers Discovered In China - as part of the news series by GeoBeats.
Archaeologists in China have just discovered an additional 110 terracotta soldier statues near the capital city of Beijing. The lost terracotta army was buried for over 2 thousand years before being discovered by peasants digging a well in 1974. Each of the more than 8 thousand life size statues has unique facial features, gestures, clothing and hairstyle, and some are holding actual ancient weapons such as axes, swords, spears and archery equipment. The terracotta army was created to protect the first emperor of China in the afterlife.
Along with the thousands of soldiers, there are also statues of horses and chariots buried on the archeological site. "The most significant discovery this time around is that the relics that were found were well-preserved and colourfully painted," said the head of the archaeological department. The excavation team says that it has also located the site of 11 more soldier statues, but has yet to dig them up. The Tomb of the First Emperor, which includes the terracotta army vaults, was added to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 1987.