lørdag 20. februar 2021

Thousands of ancient tombs uncovered on construction sites in Xian, home of the terracotta army

Thousands of archaeologically significant finds have been discovered at two construction sites in Xian, one of China’s oldest cities and home to the terracotta army, forcing archeologists to skip holidays and work overtime. More than 1,000 archaeologists and assistants have been working nonstop to dig up cultural relics in Xian over the Lunar New Year holiday to avoid delaying the construction projects. Xian, the capital of Shaanxi province in northwestern China, is where the world-famous terracotta army of life-size soldier sculptures, part of the mausoleum of the first emperor of China, was discovered in the 1970s.

The new archaeological discoveries were found on sites earmarked for a 76-hectare (189-acre) airport expansion and a 50-kilometre (31-mile) subway line, according to the cultural heritage bureau of Shaanxi.