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China uncovers ancient palace inside emperor's tomb

Published time: December 02, 2012 15:00
Edited time: December 02, 2012 19:00
Buried Terracotta Warriors (AFP Photo / Eric Feferberg)

Buried Terracotta Warriors (AFP Photo / Eric Feferberg)

The remains of a monumental imperial palace have been unearthed at the mausoleum of China's fist emperor, inside his tomb. It's believed to be the largest complex ever found at Qin Shi Huang's resting place.

­An associate researcher at the Shaanxi provincial institute of archaeology, Sun Weigang, told the Xinhua news agency that the courtyard-style palace was estimated to be 690 meters long and 250 meters wide, covering an area of 170,000 cubic meters.

According to the researcher, the palace could shed light on the architectural styles of the Qin Dynasty, highlighting Emperor Qin Shi Huang's wish to continue to live in splendor and luxury even during his afterlife.

The 56-square-km Mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang is the world's largest underground mausoleum, famous for its terracotta warriors discovered in the funerary pits in 1974.

Earlier this year, archaeologists uncovered over a hundred new warriors, along with a dozen of pottery horses, weapons and tools.

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