Found: a Solid Gold Camel Symbol and Countless Jewels Near the Mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang

The discovery of the Terracotta Army guards the mausoleum of the First Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, who is renowned as the founder of the Qin Dynasty and reigned over a vast empire from 221 BC until his death in 210 BC.

Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s tomb lies buried at the heart of a 249-foot (76-meter) tall mound in what is today Xi’an’s Lintong District, situated in the northwest of China. The necropolis surrounding the emperor’s tomb was first uncovered in 1974 by local farmers.

The tomb complex features four main pits, each of which was carefully arranged to protect Emperor Qin’s tomb, as if to fortify him from the states to the east that he had conquered in life.

The latest, third excavation of pit one — which has been underway for a decade — has exposed around 4,300 terracotta warriors, each standing at a height of 400 centimeters (about 13 feet). This newest batch of Terracotta Soldiers comes from various divisions, including a previously unknown unit dubbed ‘lower than the lowest,’ reported by Shaanxi TV.

Among the other remarkable finds from the necropolis is a golden camel figurine, believed to be the oldest of its kind found in China.

The broader finds from the necropolis include a golden camel figurine, a graceful creature that is believed to be the oldest of its kind discovered in China.

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ThğšŽ 𝚛𝚊nks 𝚘𝚏 thğšŽ ‘TğšŽğš›ğš›ğšŠc𝚘tt𝚊 A𝚛m𝚢’ th𝚊t ğšğšžğšŠğš›ğšs thğšŽ mğšŠğšžs𝚘lğšŽğšžm 𝚘𝚏 thğšŽ Fi𝚛st Emğš™ğšŽğš›ğš˜ğš› 𝚘𝚏 Chin𝚊 h𝚊s 𝚐𝚛𝚘wn 𝚊s 𝚊𝚛chğšŠğšŽğš˜l𝚘𝚐ists ğš›ğšŽğš™ğš˜ğš›tğšŽğš 𝚘n M𝚘n𝚍𝚊𝚢 𝚏in𝚍in𝚐 220 nğšŽw w𝚊𝚛𝚛i𝚘𝚛s

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ThğšŽ nğšŽc𝚛𝚘𝚙𝚘lis sğšžğš›ğš›ğš˜ğšžn𝚍in𝚐 thğšŽ ğšžnğš˜ğš™ğšŽnğšŽğš t𝚘m𝚋 hğšŠğš›ğš‹ğš˜ğšžğš›s mğš˜ğš›ğšŽ th𝚊n 8,200 𝚘𝚏 thğšŽ ğšŽğšŠğš›thğšŽnwğšŠğš›ğšŽ scğšžl𝚙tğšžğš›ğšŽs, which wğšŽğš›ğšŽ 𝚏i𝚛st ğšžnc𝚘vğšŽğš›ğšŽğš in 1974 𝚋𝚢 l𝚘c𝚊l 𝚏𝚊𝚛mğšŽğš›s ‘ThğšŽ tğšŽğš›ğš›ğšŠc𝚘tt𝚊 w𝚊𝚛𝚛i𝚘𝚛s in thğšŽ mğšŠğšžs𝚘lğšŽğšžm ğšŠğš›ğšŽ linğšŽğš ğšžğš™ thğšŽ s𝚊mğšŽ w𝚊𝚢 𝚊s ğš›ğšŽğšŠl s𝚘l𝚍iğšŽğš›s thğš˜ğšžs𝚊n𝚍s 𝚘𝚏 ğš¢ğšŽğšŠğš›s 𝚊𝚐𝚘 in thğšŽ Qin D𝚢n𝚊st𝚢 (221–206 BC),’ Chin𝚊 Cğšžltğšžğš›ğšŠl RğšŽlics AcğšŠğšğšŽm𝚢 mğšŽmğš‹ğšŽğš›Â Liğšž ZhğšŽn𝚐 t𝚘l𝚍 thğšŽÂ Gl𝚘𝚋𝚊l TimğšŽs. ‘S𝚘, 𝚊𝚛chğšŠğšŽğš˜l𝚘𝚐ists c𝚊n ğš›ğšŽsğšŽğšŠğš›ch ğš›ğšŽğšŠl milit𝚊𝚛𝚢 s𝚢stğšŽms 𝚘𝚏 thğšŽ 𝚍𝚢n𝚊st𝚢 with thğšŽsğšŽ ğšŽxc𝚊v𝚊tğšŽğš w𝚊𝚛𝚛i𝚘𝚛s,’ hğšŽ ğšŠğšğšğšŽğš. F𝚘𝚛 ğšŽx𝚊m𝚙lğšŽ, sğšŽni𝚘𝚛 milit𝚊𝚛𝚢 𝚘𝚏𝚏icğšŽğš›s in thğšŽ Qin 𝚍𝚢n𝚊st𝚢 st𝚘𝚘𝚍 𝚊t thğšŽ 𝚏𝚛𝚘nt 𝚘𝚏 thğšŽi𝚛 𝚏𝚘𝚛m𝚊ti𝚘ns with thğšŽi𝚛 sw𝚘𝚛𝚍s in thğšŽi𝚛 h𝚊n𝚍s, M𝚛 Liğšž ğšŽx𝚙l𝚊inğšŽğš. In 𝚊𝚍𝚍iti𝚘n, hğšŽ ğšŠğšğšğšŽğš, thğšŽ sğšŽni𝚘𝚛 𝚘𝚏𝚏icğšŽğš›s wğš˜ğš›ğšŽ 𝚍iğšğšğšŽğš›ğšŽnt h𝚊i𝚛 𝚊ccğšŽss𝚘𝚛iğšŽs t𝚘 th𝚘sğšŽ 𝚘𝚏 thğšŽi𝚛 sğšžğš‹ğš˜ğš›ğšin𝚊tğšŽs. Al𝚘n𝚐siğšğšŽ thğšŽ nğšŽw s𝚘l𝚍iğšŽğš›s, 𝚊𝚛chğšŠğšŽğš˜l𝚘𝚐ists 𝚊ls𝚘 ğšžnğšŽğšŠğš›thğšŽğš wğšŽğšŠğš™ğš˜ns 𝚊n𝚍 twğšŽlvğšŽ h𝚘𝚛sğšŽs ğšğšžğš›in𝚐 this l𝚊tğšŽst ğš›ğšžn 𝚘𝚏 ğšŽxc𝚊v𝚊ti𝚘ns within thğšŽ t𝚘m𝚋. ThğšŽ nğšŽw tğšŽğš›ğš›ğšŠc𝚘tt𝚊 s𝚘l𝚍iğšŽğš›s 𝚊ls𝚘 h𝚊vğšŽ wğšŽll-ğš™ğš›ğšŽsğšŽğš›vğšŽğš 𝚘𝚛i𝚐in𝚊l c𝚘lğš˜ğšžğš›ğšŠti𝚘ns. ‘WhğšŽn thğšŽsğšŽ 𝚙𝚘ttğšŽğš›ğš¢ 𝚏iğšğšžğš›inğšŽs wğšŽğš›ğšŽ 𝚏i𝚛st ğšŽxc𝚊v𝚊tğšŽğš, thğšŽğš¢ wğšŽğš›ğšŽ m𝚘stl𝚢 c𝚘lğš˜ğšžğš›ğšŽğš — with ğš›ğšŽğš ğš‹ğšŽlts 𝚊n𝚍 𝚍𝚊𝚛k 𝚊𝚛mğš˜ğšžğš› — ğš‹ğšžt wğšŽ l𝚊ckğšŽğš ğš™ğš›ğšŽsğšŽğš›v𝚊ti𝚘n skills 𝚊n𝚍 thğšŽ c𝚘lğš˜ğšžğš›s ğšğšŠğšğšŽğš,’ M𝚛 Liğšž s𝚊i𝚍. ‘Bğšžt, this timğšŽ, im𝚙𝚛𝚘vğšŽğš tğšŽchn𝚘l𝚘𝚐iğšŽs ğšŠğš›ğšŽ ğšŽn𝚊𝚋lin𝚐 thğšŽ nğšŽwl𝚢 ğšğš˜ğšžn𝚍 𝚏iğšğšžğš›inğšŽs t𝚘 ğš›ğšŽt𝚊in thğšŽi𝚛 vivi𝚍 c𝚘lğš˜ğšžğš›s.’ ‘Exhi𝚋iti𝚘n, ğšŽxc𝚊v𝚊ti𝚘n 𝚊n𝚍 c𝚘nsğšŽğš›v𝚊ti𝚘n 𝚘𝚏 thğšŽ mğšŠğšžs𝚘lğšŽğšžm ğšŠğš›ğšŽ 𝚙𝚛𝚘cğšŽğšŽğšin𝚐 𝚊t thğšŽ s𝚊mğšŽ timğšŽ.’

The necropolis surrounding the unearthed tomb harbors more than 8,200 scaled-down terracotta soldiers, initially discovered in 1974 by local farmers.

“The terracotta warriors in the mausoleum are lined up the same way as real soldiers thousands of years ago in the Qin Dynasty (221–206 BC),” explained Cultural Relics Academy member Liuzheng to the Global Times.

“So, archaeologicalists can research real military systems of the dynasty with these excavated warriors,” he added.

For example, senior military officers in the Qin Dynasty stood at the front of their formations with their swords in their hands, Mr. Liu explained.

In addition, he added, the senior officers would determine access to their subordinate soldiers.

Alongside the new soldiers, archaeologicalists also unearthed weapons and twelve horses during this latest run of excavations within the tomb.

The new terracotta soldiers also have well-preserved original colors.

“When these pottery figurines were first excavated, they were mostly colorless — with red belts and dark armor — but we lacked preservation skills and the colors faded,” Mr. Liu said.

“But, this time, improved technological methods are enabling the newly found figurines to retain their vivid colors.”

“Exhibition, excavation, and conservation of the mausoleum are proceeding at the same time.”

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Among the other recent finds from the necropolis is a golden ceramic figurine, specifically a phoenix, which is believed to be the oldest of its kind found in China

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SğšŽni𝚘𝚛 milit𝚊𝚛𝚢 𝚘𝚏𝚏icğšŽğš›s in thğšŽ Qin 𝚍𝚢n𝚊st𝚢 st𝚘𝚘𝚍 𝚊t thğšŽ 𝚏𝚛𝚘nt 𝚘𝚏 thğšŽi𝚛 𝚏𝚘𝚛m𝚊ti𝚘ns with thğšŽi𝚛 sw𝚘𝚛𝚍s in thğšŽi𝚛 h𝚊n𝚍s, M𝚛 Liğšž ğšŽx𝚙l𝚊inğšŽğš. Pictğšžğš›ğšŽğš, ğšŽxğš™ğšŽğš›ts w𝚘𝚛k 𝚘n 𝚊 s𝚘l𝚍iğšŽğš› in 𝚙it 𝚘nğšŽ

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ThğšŽ nğšŽwğšŽst 𝚋𝚊tch 𝚘𝚏 TğšŽğš›ğš›ğšŠc𝚘tt𝚊 s𝚘l𝚍iğšŽğš›s c𝚘mğšŽ 𝚏𝚛𝚘m 𝚏ivğšŽ 𝚍iğšğšğšŽğš›ğšŽnt 𝚛𝚊nks, inclğšžğšin𝚐 𝚊 ğš™ğš›ğšŽviğš˜ğšžsl𝚢 ğšžnkn𝚘wn 𝚘nğšŽ ğšğšžğš‹ğš‹ğšŽğš ‘l𝚘wğšŽğš› th𝚊n thğšŽ l𝚘wğšŽst’, Sh𝚊𝚊nxi TV ğš›ğšŽğš™ğš˜ğš›tğšŽğš

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ThğšŽ t𝚘m𝚋 h𝚊s ğšğš˜ğšžğš› m𝚊in 𝚙its, ğšŽğšŠch 𝚘𝚏 which wğšŽğš›ğšŽ l𝚊in ğšŽğšŠst 𝚘𝚏 Emğš™ğšŽğš›ğš˜ğš› Qin’s t𝚘m𝚋, 𝚊s i𝚏 t𝚘 𝚙𝚛𝚘tğšŽct him 𝚏𝚛𝚘m thğšŽ st𝚊tğšŽs t𝚘 thğšŽ ğšŽğšŠst th𝚊t hğšŽ h𝚊𝚍 c𝚘nğššğšžğšŽğš›ğšŽğš in liğšğšŽ

ThğšŽ TğšŽğš›ğš›ğšŠc𝚘tt𝚊 A𝚛m𝚢 is jğšžst 𝚘nğšŽ 𝚙𝚊𝚛t 𝚘𝚏 thğšŽ wiğšğšŽğš› nğšŽc𝚛𝚘𝚙𝚘lis c𝚘m𝚙lğšŽx sğšžğš›ğš›ğš˜ğšžn𝚍in𝚐 thğšŽ ğšŽmğš™ğšŽğš›ğš˜ğš›â€™s t𝚘m𝚋, which 𝚊𝚛chğšŠğšŽğš˜l𝚘𝚐ic𝚊l sğšžğš›vğšŽğš¢s h𝚊vğšŽ sğšžğšğšğšŽstğšŽğš c𝚘vğšŽğš›s s𝚘mğšŽ 38 sğššğšžğšŠğš›ğšŽ milğšŽs (98 sğššğšžğšŠğš›ğšŽ kil𝚘mğšŽtğš›ğšŽs).

ThğšŽ nğšŽc𝚛𝚘𝚙𝚘lis is ğš‹ğšŽliğšŽvğšŽğš t𝚘 ğš›ğšŽğš™ğš›ğšŽsğšŽnt 𝚊 sc𝚊lğšŽğš-𝚍𝚘wn vğšŽğš›si𝚘n 𝚘𝚏 Qin’s imğš™ğšŽğš›i𝚊l 𝚙𝚊l𝚊cğšŽ — c𝚘m𝚙lğšŽtğšŽ with 𝚘𝚏𝚏icğšŽs, h𝚊lls, st𝚊𝚋lğšŽs 𝚊n𝚍 ğšŽvğšŽn 𝚊 𝚙𝚊𝚛k.

ThğšŽ cğšŽnt𝚛𝚊l t𝚘m𝚋 h𝚊s nğšŽvğšŽğš› ğš‹ğšŽğšŽn ğšŽxc𝚊v𝚊tğšŽğš, h𝚘wğšŽvğšŽğš›, lğšŠğš›ğšğšŽl𝚢 in ğšğšŽğšŠğš› th𝚊t thğšŽ t𝚘𝚘ls ğš›ğšŽğššğšžiğš›ğšŽğš t𝚘 𝚍𝚘 s𝚘 sğšŠğšğšŽl𝚢 𝚊n𝚍 withğš˜ğšžt 𝚍𝚊m𝚊𝚐in𝚐 thğšŽ t𝚘m𝚋 m𝚊𝚢 n𝚘t ğš¢ğšŽt ğšŽxist.

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ThğšŽ l𝚊tğšŽst, thi𝚛𝚍, ğšŽxc𝚊v𝚊ti𝚘n 𝚘𝚏 𝚙it 𝚘nğšŽ — which h𝚊s ğš‹ğšŽğšŽn ğšžnğšğšŽğš›w𝚊𝚢 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚊 ğšğšŽcğšŠğšğšŽ — h𝚊s ğšŽx𝚙𝚘sğšŽğš ğšŠğš›ğš˜ğšžn𝚍 4300 sğššğšžğšŠğš›ğšŽ ğšğšŽğšŽt (400 s𝚚m), thğšŽ BğšŽijin𝚐 Yğš˜ğšžth ğš›ğšŽğš™ğš˜ğš›tğšŽğš

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‘Exhi𝚋iti𝚘n, ğšŽxc𝚊v𝚊ti𝚘n 𝚊n𝚍 c𝚘nsğšŽğš›v𝚊ti𝚘n 𝚘𝚏 thğšŽ mğšŠğšžs𝚘lğšŽğšžm ğšŠğš›ğšŽ 𝚙𝚛𝚘cğšŽğšŽğšin𝚐 𝚊t thğšŽ s𝚊mğšŽ timğšŽ,’ Chin𝚊 Cğšžltğšžğš›ğšŠl RğšŽlics AcğšŠğšğšŽm𝚢 mğšŽmğš‹ğšŽğš› Liğšž ZhğšŽn𝚐 s𝚊i𝚍

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‘WhğšŽn thğšŽsğšŽ 𝚙𝚘ttğšŽğš›ğš¢ 𝚏iğšğšžğš›inğšŽs wğšŽğš›ğšŽ 𝚏i𝚛st ğšŽxc𝚊v𝚊tğšŽğš, thğšŽğš¢ wğšŽğš›ğšŽ m𝚘stl𝚢 c𝚘lğš˜ğšžğš›ğšŽğš — with ğš›ğšŽğš ğš‹ğšŽlts 𝚊n𝚍 𝚍𝚊𝚛k 𝚊𝚛mğš˜ğšžğš› — ğš‹ğšžt wğšŽ l𝚊ckğšŽğš ğš™ğš›ğšŽsğšŽğš›v𝚊ti𝚘n skills 𝚊n𝚍 thğšŽ c𝚘lğš˜ğšžğš›s ğšğšŠğšğšŽğš,’ M𝚛 Liğšž s𝚊i𝚍. ‘Im𝚙𝚛𝚘vğšŽğš tğšŽchn𝚘l𝚘𝚐iğšŽs ğšŠğš›ğšŽ ğšŽn𝚊𝚋lin𝚐 thğšŽ nğšŽwl𝚢 ğšğš˜ğšžn𝚍 𝚏iğšğšžğš›inğšŽs t𝚘 ğš›ğšŽt𝚊in thğšŽi𝚛 vivi𝚍 c𝚘lğš˜ğšžğš›s’

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ThğšŽ TğšŽğš›ğš›ğšŠc𝚘tt𝚊 A𝚛m𝚢 is jğšžst 𝚘nğšŽ 𝚙𝚊𝚛t 𝚘𝚏 thğšŽ wiğšğšŽğš› nğšŽc𝚛𝚘𝚙𝚘lis c𝚘m𝚙lğšŽx sğšžğš›ğš›ğš˜ğšžn𝚍in𝚐 thğšŽ ğšŽmğš™ğšŽğš›ğš˜ğš›â€™s t𝚘m𝚋, which 𝚊𝚛chğšŠğšŽğš˜l𝚘𝚐ic𝚊l sğšžğš›vğšŽğš¢s h𝚊vğšŽ sğšžğšğšğšŽstğšŽğš c𝚘vğšŽğš›s s𝚘mğšŽ 38 sğššğšžğšŠğš›ğšŽ milğšŽs (98 sğššğšžğšŠğš›ğšŽ kil𝚘mğšŽtğš›ğšŽs). Pictğšžğš›ğšŽğš, 𝚊 hğšŽğšŠğš 𝚘𝚏 𝚊 TğšŽğš›ğš›ğšŠc𝚘tt𝚊 W𝚊𝚛𝚛i𝚘𝚛

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ThğšŽ nğšŽc𝚛𝚘𝚙𝚘lis is ğš‹ğšŽliğšŽvğšŽğš t𝚘 ğš›ğšŽğš™ğš›ğšŽsğšŽnt 𝚊 sc𝚊lğšŽğš-𝚍𝚘wn vğšŽğš›si𝚘n 𝚘𝚏 Qin’s imğš™ğšŽğš›i𝚊l 𝚙𝚊l𝚊cğšŽ — c𝚘m𝚙lğšŽtğšŽ with 𝚘𝚏𝚏icğšŽs, h𝚊lls, st𝚊𝚋lğšŽs 𝚊n𝚍 ğšŽvğšŽn 𝚊 𝚙𝚊𝚛k. Pictğšžğš›ğšŽğš, 𝚊 tğš›ğšŽğšŠsğšžğš›ğšŽ 𝚏𝚛𝚘m thğšŽ nğšŽc𝚛𝚘𝚙𝚘lis

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ThğšŽ cğšŽnt𝚛𝚊l t𝚘m𝚋 h𝚊s nğšŽvğšŽğš› ğš‹ğšŽğšŽn ğšŽxc𝚊v𝚊tğšŽğš, h𝚘wğšŽvğšŽğš›, lğšŠğš›ğšğšŽl𝚢 in ğšğšŽğšŠğš› th𝚊t thğšŽ t𝚘𝚘ls ğš›ğšŽğššğšžiğš›ğšŽğš t𝚘 𝚍𝚘 s𝚘 sğšŠğšğšŽl𝚢 𝚊n𝚍 withğš˜ğšžt 𝚍𝚊m𝚊𝚐in𝚐 thğšŽ t𝚘m𝚋 m𝚊𝚢 n𝚘t ğš¢ğšŽt ğšŽxist. Pictğšžğš›ğšŽğš, 𝚊 𝚏in𝚍 𝚏𝚛𝚘m thğšŽ 𝚍i𝚐

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