In China, the excavation site of the tomb of the founding emperor of the ancient Qin dynasty is to be turned into a gigantic museum.
In China, the excavation site of the tomb of the founding emperor of the ancient Qin dynasty is to be turned into a gigantic museum. Work at the ambitious project started five years ago, and the excavations are still continuing.
SYNOPSIS: On these hills near the ancient Chinese capital of Xian in the Shaanxi province lie buried treasures which tell the story of Qin Shi Huang, the founder emperor of a Chinese dynasty which dates back over twenty-two centuries.
The excavation site contains an amazing assortment of life-size burial figures and covers an area of twelve thousand and six hundred square metres (15,000 sq. yards). The huge pit is two hundred and ten metres (230 yards) long, sixty metres (65 yards) wide and about six metres (20 feet) in depth.
Since the discovery of the emperor's tomb in 1974, archeologists have been busy unearthing artifacts, pieces of a jigsaw puzzle which are slowly building up a comprehensive picture of Chinese life over two hundred years before the birth of Christ. The tomb was discovered by peasants sinking irrigation wells. And the huge steel-framed dome which now shelters the archeologists on the site will soon become a gigantic museum to house the treasures they are excavating.
The burial objects found on the site include six-thousand pottery warriors which stand one point eight metres tall (1.8 metres, 6 feet). The statues carry different weapons and are clad in coats of armour. No less remarkable are these war horses, twenty four of them have been found. The treasures of the Qin Shi Huang tomb don't just show remarkable craftsmanship, they portray a society with a high degree of sophistication -- more than two thousand years ago.