Archaeologists in China have uncovered 20 new terracotta warriors belonging to the famous Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang in Xi’an.
The army of c.8,000 terracotta figures was created 2,200 years ago to accompany the emperor to the afterlife, and was discovered in 1974, buried in several pits that formed part of his large mortuary complex.
Excavations at the site are ongoing, and the latest discovery was made in Pit 1, which contains the main part of the army.
Among the new statues is least one figure who appears to be a general, and another who is a middle-ranking army officer.
The newly excavated warriors are well-preserved but were discovered in fragments and are currently undergoing restoration and conservation at the Emperor Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum.