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Pit 2 of Terracotta Warriors begins second excavation

Date: 2015.05.11 Editor: Evelyn Shi

Archaeologists launched a new excavation on the No. 2 pit of the Museum of Qin Shihuang Terracotta Warriors and Horses in Xi'an, Northwest of China, on April 30, 2015. The first stage of excavation started in 1994 and uncovered eight well-preserved, colored terracotta figures. Archaeologists plan to unearth an area of 200 square meters in the second stage.



The plane of the pit is of L-shape, totaling about 6000 square meters. Pit 2, facing east, is a large underground army of mixed organization. It has a low-key presence but preserved the best among the three pits. It has not suffered large-scale man-made destruction except partially burnt in a degree.


Based on the structure and layout discovering at the first stage, the project aims to decode the secrets of different terracotta figurines. Experts suggest that the chariots in Pit 2 are more practical. The project may enable to expose the mystery ancient chariots to the public.


Another highlight of the excavation is whether or not there are foreign warriors in the Terracotta Army.