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    Chinese archaeologists have unearthed the palace of China's first feudal emperor, best known for the terracotta warrior army guarding his tomb.
    The Chinese state media reports that archaeologists have excavated the palace complex of Qin Shihuang in Xi'an, China, site of the life-size terracotta soldiers. The palace consists of 10 courtyard buildings and one main building, the paper reported. The complex runs about 2,264 feet long and 820 feet wide. The total area is about a quarter of the size of Beijing's Forbidden City, built in the 1400s.
    Qin Shihuang was born in 259 B.C. as heir to the throne of Qin, one of the six kingdoms found in what is now China. At the age of 13, Qin Shihuang took over the throne of Qin. By 221 B.C., he had conquered and unified the six warring Chinese states into one Empire, which he ruled until his death in 210 B.C.
    Qin Shihuang's mausoleum compound is the size of a small city, and records suggest he started building it as soon as he became emperor. The newly unearthed palace complex is within the sprawling tomb. It's far from the only archaeological marvel in the mausoleum: In 1974, farmers digging a well came across a life-size terracotta soldier in the dirt — one of an estimated 8,000 that Qin Shihuang had created to guard him in the afterlife. The terracotta warriors were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. Qin Shihuang also began constructing segments that would later be connected by future dynasties into the Great Wall. [In Photos: Amazing Ruins of the Ancient World]
    http://www.foxnews.com/science/2012/...ror-unearthed/
    Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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    Wow I rememebr watching a documentary on this some years ago and wondering if they would ever find the tomb itself. There were allegedly rivers of mercury among other wonders.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qin_Shi...Huang.27s_tomb

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    • #3
      Yes, there were, according to the stories.
      Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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      • #4
        The Chinese take the afterlife very serious. That's why the rebels tried to destroy the Terracotta Army. They wanted to destroy the protectors of Qin Shi Huang in his afterlife. The rebels also looted the weapons for fighting, because the First Emperor had confiscated most of theirs.

        Another interesting fact is of the 8,000 soldiers, only one guy had a green face.



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        • #5
          What they found in Qin Shi Huang’s mausoleum...


          The Lavish Qin Shi Huang Tomb – Built for Immortality

          A lust for everlasting life resulted in the massive Qin Shi Huang tomb.
          At just thirteen years old, the boy-king, Ying Zheng (259 BCE – 210 BCE), began to construct his own tomb in today’s Lintong District, Xi’an, in China’s Shaanxi province. At the age of 38, King Zheng would unite all the warring states and become the first Emperor of China, ‘Qin Shi Huang.’ As the emperor’s power and wealth grew, so too did his obsession with his afterlife. He designed and constructed a mausoleum larger and more extravagant than the world had ever seen before. The Qin Shi Huang tomb and his surrounding 38 square mile necropolis would contain every single detail of the emperor’s luxurious life on earth, including a terracotta army to protect him – all of which he would take into the afterworld.

          https://www.historicmysteries.com/qi...emperor-china/


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          • #6
            As a side note some jerk defaced one of the soldiers here.

            http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-43109139
            Credo quia absurdum.


            Quantum mechanics describes nature as absurd from the point of view of common sense. And yet it fully agrees with experiment. So I hope you can accept nature as She is - absurd! - Richard Feynman

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Bwaha View Post
              As a side note some jerk defaced one of the soldiers here.

              http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-43109139
              More dedigiting than defacing
              Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
              Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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              • #8
                Back to the first emperor....according to legend he was not even a legitimate offspring of a prince. A merchant named Lu Buwei befriended a prince of the Qin State near the end of the Eastern Zhou Dynasty (770-256 BCE). The merchant's wife had just gotten pregnant, so he arranged for the prince to meet and fall in love with her. She immediately became the prince's concubine and gave birth to Lu Buwei's child shortly after. The baby was named Ying Zheng and the prince truly believed the baby was his. Ying Zheng became king of the Qin state in 246 BCE, upon the death of his supposed father.



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