Skip to comments.'Foreigner' Helped Build (Chinese) Terracotta Army
Posted on 06/28/2006 5:31:31 PM PDT by blam
'Foreigner' helped build Terracotta Army
Jonathan Watts in Beijing
Wednesday June 28, 2006
The Guardian (UK)
Chinese archaeologists have unearthed evidence that a foreign worker helped build the Terracotta Army mausoleum, the resting place of the country's first emperor, who died more than 2,200 years ago.
The remains of the worker, described as a foreign man in his 20s, were found among 121 shattered skeletons in a labourers' tomb 500 metres from the mausoleum in the north-western city of Xian, the state-run Xinhua news agency said.
According to Xinhua, the man may prove to be "China's first foreign worker", though it is unclear whether he served as an employee or a slave of emperor Qin Shi Huang, who unified China and built the first Great Wall. It is estimated 700,000 labourers worked on the imperial tomb, which houses 8,000 life-sized terracotta warriors and horses. DNA tests were used to ethnically identify 15 of the labourers.
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Undocumented worker bump
Feels like the first time.
Hecho en Mejico?
Doing work that no Chinese would do.
If true, that's the one thing they did that didn't completely suck.
Barbarian slaves doing the work Chinese slaves won't do.
Were they working on the railroads too?
Probably an overseas representative of WalMart, helping them set up their production line and just-in-time inventory management system.
The first illegal alien in history?
The same can't be said of Loverboy, as Loverboy have always sucked.
I wonder what they mean by "foreigner"?
Ah, you know what they mean.
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Or maybe theyre a couple thousand late in that estimation.
Or could it be even earlier than that?
This should not surprise anyone who has walked between the ranks of clay soldiers in Xian. All you've got to do is look at the faces of these life-sized statues. It is obvious that there were Caucasians in the emperor's army, if the scuptures are to be believed. They looked like Turks to me.
I also saw faces that matched those of my classmates when I was growing up in California (large Asian population.) Every face is different and sculted in amazing detail.
"One sample has typical DNA features commonly owned by the Parsi in India and Pakistan, the Kurds in Turkmenistan and the Persians in Iran," Tan Jingze, an anthropologist with Fudan University, told Xinhua. "It's an inspiring discovery, but we're not sure if there are more foreigners involved in the construction of the mausoleum," she said.
This should not surprise anyone who has walked amongst the ranks of clay soldiers in Xian. All you've got to do is look at the FACES of these life-sized statues. It is obvious that there were Caucasians in the emperor's army, if the scuptures are to be believed. They looked like Turks to me.
I also discovered faces that matched those of my classmates when I was growing up in California (large Asian population.) Every face is different and sculpted in amazing detail.
"The Curse of The Red-Headed Mummy" is a fascinating read, even though I read it years ago when you first posted it!
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