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China unearths ruined palace near terracotta army
Guardian (UK) ^ | 12-3-2012 | Jonathan Kaiman

Posted on 12/05/2012 6:29:31 AM PST by Renfield

Archaeologists have found the remains of an ancient imperial palace near the tomb of emperor Qin Shi Huang, home of the famous terracotta army, China's state media reported on Sunday.

The palace is the largest complex discovered so far in the emperor's sprawling 22 square-mile (56 square-km) second-century BC mausoleum, which lies on the outskirts of Xi'an, an ancient capital city in central China, an associate researcher at the Shaanxi provincial institute of archaeology told China's official news wire Xinhua.

It is an estimated 690 metres long and 250 metres wide – about a quarter of the size of the Forbidden City in Beijing – and includes 18 courtyard-style houses with one main building at the centre, according to the researcher, Sun Weigang....

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: archaeology; china; godsgravesglyphs

1 posted on 12/05/2012 6:29:37 AM PST by Renfield
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To: Renfield

Have they found the river of mercury yet?
Under the mound they have detected mercury traces 2000 times higher than normal background.
And rumors state that the Emperor buried there had his tomb shaped afer the mythology of the shape of the cosmos of the time.


2 posted on 12/05/2012 6:50:49 AM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: SunkenCiv

Ping


3 posted on 12/05/2012 6:58:45 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Darksheare

I remember hearing about that river of Mercury and thinking “As much as I bash on OSHA, those poor Chinamen who had to work with that!”


4 posted on 12/05/2012 7:02:11 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

Yeah.
And they didn’t know how toxic teh stuff was at the time.


5 posted on 12/05/2012 7:11:02 AM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: Renfield

Bttt


6 posted on 12/05/2012 7:16:58 AM PST by The Californian (The door to the room of success swings on the hinges of opposition. Bob Jones, Sr.)
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To: Renfield

Fantastical! I visited the terracotta army about 9 years after it was first discovered (1983). It was incredible. And I saw Caucasian-looking soldiers among the troops. Indians? Turks? Every soldier was different. I don’t think any of the horses had been excavated yet. I imagine that this archeological site is even more mind-boggling now.


7 posted on 12/05/2012 7:44:35 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Renfield

Wonder if they found a unicorn pen for the visiting koreans :)


8 posted on 12/05/2012 8:56:20 AM PST by reed13k (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
I imagine that this archeological site is even more mind-boggling now.

It is. I just visited Xi'an in July. It's an awesome thing to see, and they still have a lot of excavation left to do.

9 posted on 12/05/2012 8:59:01 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: Mr. Jeeves

Nobody should visit China without going to Xian. Forget the shopping. Xian is the place to go.


10 posted on 12/05/2012 10:09:07 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: BenLurkin; Renfield; blam

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks Renfield for the topic, and thanks BenLurkin for the ping.

Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


11 posted on 12/06/2012 8:17:04 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Darksheare

When they buried this guys body they buried his wives with him, and they weren’t dead. Apparently the artisans and workers who helped build the place were also buried/entombed alive.

Mercury is what killed this guy apparently, it was prescribed medicine apparently


12 posted on 12/06/2012 8:20:52 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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