New Discovery in Xian – a Palace in Emperor Qinshihuang’s Tomb

I think the Terracota Warriors of Xian are very familiar to many in and outside of China.  Now we have a new discovery in Xian – a palace has been discovered in emperor Qinshihuang's tomb.  According to a report published by China Daily, the discovery is significant for multiple reasons

  • the palace complex is very large — based on its foundations it is believed to extend 690 by 250 meters — about 1/4th of the size of the Forbidden City in Beijing
  • the palace is mostly intact – i.e. it will offer a great deal of artifacts to allow the study of the period with a lot more factual information

For those of you who have not seen the site I am talking about you can take a look at these photos:

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The pictures above are taken at the cemetery is located in Lintong district of Xi'an city;   Based on an ongoing study of the emperor's tomb, scientists believe that there may be as many as 6000 clay solders in the tomb.   Here it will be appropriate and important to note that each of the solders is supposed to have a unique face — therefore there are 6000 unique clay statues buried in the emperor's tomb.  Incredible!


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