114 terracotta warriors, most of which were richly painted in antiquity, have been discovered at the famed tomb of Qin Shihuang, the first emperor of China.
“The total area of the excavation was some 200 square meters and we were presently surprised to find rich colors on Terracotta Warriors,” said Xu Weihong, the leader of the excavation team.
The statues were painted with either black or brown eyes, white or pink faces, and black hair, he said. Pictures are expected to be released to the public sometime this month.
“It was hard work to restore the clay warriors as they were broken into pieces. It took us at least 10 days to restore one,” Xu said.
The team also found various burial goods such as chariots, drums, and weapons, and determined that the pit had seven layers and was burned sometime in the past. Liu Zhanchang, director of archaeology at the tomb’s museum, said these findings will prompt future studies.