The number of famous terracotta warriors found in Xi’an, China has increased by 200 as archaeologists discover more while excavating.
According to Lonely Planet, the new batch was discovered during a decade-long excavation of one of the burial pits surrounding the mausoleum of the country’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang.
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The famous statues are life-size and all have distinct heights and expressions. It is believed they were buried to protect the emperor in the afterlife when he died in 210 BC.
The first statues were discovered in 1974 by local farmers who were digging a well, according to the Smithsonian.
These 200 additional warriors are among an estimated 7,000 believed to be buried in the area.
Shen Maosheng, the researcher who headed the excavation, told Xinhua that most of the newly discovered warriors were sculpted either clutching pole weapons with their right arms bent and fists partially clenched, or carrying bows, with their right arms hanging at ease. The figures were arranged in different positions within the pit based on their military tasks; details on their armor and clothing indicate their rank.
In addition to the new warriors, 12 clay horses, two chariots and a number of bronze weapons were found.