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More than 100 New Terracotta Warriors Unearthed in China

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According to China Daily, 114 new terracotta warrior statues have been unearthed by archaeologists. The excavation of the largest of the three burial pits began in June 2009. Head of the archaeologists team responsible for the excavation, Xu Weihong, expressed his delight regarding the new find: "We were pleasantly surprised to find rich colours on the Terracotta Warriors. It was a hard work to restore the clay warriors as they were broken into pieces. It took us at least 10 days to restore one."

Like the 8,000 warriors that have been excavated over the last 35 years, the new warriors have originally featured bright paintwork. Two millennia underground has taken its toll making it difficult to restore the original colours.

It was recently alleged that the China’s First Emperor Qin Shihuang’s Mausoleum was set ablaze by a rebel leader. Today’s find supports this theory as some of the remains show traces of burns. It is exciting news for the world of archaeology and everyone is waiting anxiously for new evidence to appear.