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'Foreigner' Helped Build (Chinese) Terracotta Army
The Guardian (UK) ^ | 6-28-2006 | Jonathan Watts

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.

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


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: army; build; chinese; foreigner; godsgravesglyphs; helped; terracotta

1 posted on 06/28/2006 5:31:34 PM PDT by blam
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To: SunkenCiv

GGG Ping.


2 posted on 06/28/2006 5:32:07 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Undocumented worker bump


3 posted on 06/28/2006 5:32:25 PM PDT by Rightwing Conspiratr1
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To: blam
'Foreigner' helped build Terracotta Army

Feels like the first time.

4 posted on 06/28/2006 5:36:46 PM PDT by Mr. Buzzcut (metal god ... visit The Ponderosa .... www.vandelay.com ... DEATH BEFORE DHIMMITUDE)
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To: blam

Hecho en Mejico?


5 posted on 06/28/2006 5:39:14 PM PDT by Mogollon
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To: blam
Only building the terracotta armies that the Chinese won't build.
6 posted on 06/28/2006 5:40:32 PM PDT by MAexile (Bats left, votes right)
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To: Rightwing Conspiratr1

Doing work that no Chinese would do.


7 posted on 06/28/2006 5:41:25 PM PDT by TET1968 (SI MINOR PLUS EST ERGO NIHIL SUNT OMNIA)
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To: blam

If true, that's the one thing they did that didn't completely suck.


8 posted on 06/28/2006 5:42:06 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: blam

Barbarian slaves doing the work Chinese slaves won't do.


9 posted on 06/28/2006 5:42:42 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: blam
Is there anything Foreigner can't do?


10 posted on 06/28/2006 6:06:26 PM PDT by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: blam

Were they working on the railroads too?


11 posted on 06/28/2006 6:07:21 PM PDT by skimask (People who care what you do don't matter.......People who matter don't care what you do.)
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To: blam

Probably an overseas representative of WalMart, helping them set up their production line and just-in-time inventory management system.


12 posted on 06/28/2006 6:18:19 PM PDT by hellbender
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To: blam

The first illegal alien in history?


13 posted on 06/28/2006 6:27:58 PM PDT by citizencon
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To: Mr. Buzzcut

LOL! Nice.


14 posted on 06/28/2006 6:36:35 PM PDT by JamesWilson
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To: Rodney King
NO! Lou Gramm and Mick Jones are ALL POWERFUL! BOW BEFORE THEM!

The same can't be said of Loverboy, as Loverboy have always sucked.

15 posted on 06/28/2006 6:38:25 PM PDT by Clemenza (The CFR ate my bilderburgers! Time to call for a trilateral commission to investigate!)
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To: blam

I wonder what they mean by "foreigner"?


16 posted on 06/28/2006 6:41:38 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Wednesday, June 21, 2006.)
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To: SunkenCiv
"I wonder what they mean by "foreigner"?'

Ah, you know what they mean.

The Curse Of The Red-Headed Mummy

17 posted on 06/28/2006 7:08:47 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

;')


18 posted on 06/28/2006 7:51:50 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Wednesday, June 21, 2006.)
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To: blam; FairOpinion; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; 24Karet; 3AngelaD; ...
Thanks blam.

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19 posted on 06/28/2006 9:20:50 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Wednesday, June 21, 2006.)
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"Archaeologists on the excavation said the find meant that contacts between the people in east Asia and those in what is now central Asia actually began a century earlier than believed."

Or maybe theyre a couple thousand late in that estimation.

Or could it be even earlier than that?

20 posted on 06/28/2006 10:59:36 PM PDT by gnarledmaw (I traded freedom for security and all I got were these damned shackles.)
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To: blam
12.45pm -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 'Foreigner' helped build Terracotta Army Jonathan Watts in Beijing Wednesday June 28, 2006 The Guardian 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. Article continues "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 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.

21 posted on 06/29/2006 3:07:08 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic; blam
Well, I really garbled THAT post. It should have said:

"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.

22 posted on 06/29/2006 3:11:31 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: blam
Ah, you know what they mean.

(Chuckle) Yep!

23 posted on 06/29/2006 9:06:22 AM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: blam

"The Curse of The Red-Headed Mummy" is a fascinating read, even though I read it years ago when you first posted it!


24 posted on 02/08/2007 12:26:17 PM PST by -=SoylentSquirrel=- (Gosh, some people are SOOOO insensitive. Me, for example.)
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