суббота, 14 декабря 2019 г.

Production site of stone armour from Qinshihuang mausoleum discovered


A production site of the stone armour found in the Qinshihuang mausoleum was discovered in northwest China's Shaanxi Province, the Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology said Wednesday.

Production site of stone armour from Qinshihuang mausoleum discovered
Archaeological excavation at the Zhang Yuming site in the Qindu District of Xianyang, in China's
 northwest Shaanxi Province [Credit: Shaanxi Institute of Archaeology]


The site was found in a protection area in the Qindu District of Xianyang, with limestone unearthed that have the same characteristics as the stone armour of the mausoleum of the Emperor Qinshihuang of the Qin Dynasty (221 BC-207 BC), according to the institute.

Production site of stone armour from Qinshihuang mausoleum discovered
Stone fragments used in the production of the stone armour from the Qinshihuang mausoleum lying 
in situ at the Zhang Yuming site [Credit: China News]
Production site of stone armour from Qinshihuang mausoleum discovered
The stone fragments unearthed at the Zhang Yuming site have the same characteristics as the stone armour 
from the mausoleum of the Emperor Qinshihuang of the Qin Dynasty (221 BC-207 BC)
 [Credit: Shaanxi Institute of Archaeology]


Production site of stone armour from Qinshihuang mausoleum discovered
Threaded copper bars and iron tools unearthed at the Zhang Yuming in the Qindu District
of Xianyang 
[Credit: Shaanxi Institute of Archaeology]
Production site of stone armour from Qinshihuang mausoleum discovered
An archaeologist shows a fragment of stone armour found at the Zhang Yuming site 
[Credit: Xinhua/Li Yibo]


Ash pits, a house base, ditches and stone ash stacks were found at the site of over 100 square metres, as well as materials to make armour such as stones, workpieces and waste products and tools such as iron awls, drills and knives.

Production site of stone armour from Qinshihuang mausoleum discovered
Stone armour unearthed from the funeral pit of Qin Shihuang's Mausoleum
[Credit: Xian News]
A burial pit of stone armour of the Qinshihuang mausoleum was found in 1998, and a well which is believed to be one of the production bases of the stone armour was discovered in 2001, about 4.5 km north of the mausoleum, said Xu Weihong, a research of the institute.

Such remains were seen by researchers again in July this year in the area, which is 40 km away from the mausoleum, Xu added.

The new site has expanded the sources of burial items of the mausoleum and provides new materials for studying the functions of the northern part of the area, Xu said.

Source: Xinhua News Agency [December 05, 2019]



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