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A New Round of Terracotta Warriors Excavation Started

Date: 2011.06.07 Editor: Evelyn Shi

The new round of excavation at a burial pit of Emperor Qin Shihuang (259-210 BC) Mausoleum was launched on June 3rd. The burial pit, coded K9901, is one of 180 funerary pits of the Qin Mausoleum. Archeologists said the pit is pretty unique because the terracotta warriors without armor could be acrobatics performers.


Since 1974, Chinese archeologists have excavated more than 30 funerary pits in the Mausoleum of Qin Shihuang. At first, an army of more than 7,000 life sized terracotta warriors and horses were discovered at the site. The mausoleum was later declared a National Heritage site and a World Heritage site.


Cao Wei, deputy head of the Museum of the Terracotta Warriors, said a new museum of terracotta warriors will be open in October, in which visitors will be able to watch excavation work take place.