Skip to comments.China unearths ruined palace near terracotta army
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....
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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.
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!”
And they didn’t know how toxic teh stuff was at the time.
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.
Wonder if they found a unicorn pen for the visiting koreans :)
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.
Nobody should visit China without going to Xian. Forget the shopping. Xian is the place to go.
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Thanks Renfield for the topic, and thanks BenLurkin for the ping.
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