China Plans New Terracotta Warrior Dig

From AP:

China plans to excavate more of the life-size at the famed ancient tomb of the country’s first emperor, an official newspaper said Wednesday.

Archeologists hope to uncover more figures of officers to add to the 1,000-plus statues already excavated, the official China Daily newspaper said Wednesday. Special care will be taken to preserve the figures’ painted details, which have decayed almost entirely in those already exposed to the air.

The new dig is the third undertaken since the tomb was first uncovered in 1974 outside the western city of Xi’an and will focus on a 2,152-square foot (2000-square meter) patch lying within the tomb’s main pit that holds the main warrior force.

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