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Archaeologists uncover acrobat figures

06-10-2012 13:38 BJT Special Report:3rd Exploration of Terracotta Army Unveiled |

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The area around the Qin Shihuang mausoleum has more than 180 excavation sites. The most famous, the Terracotta warriors site, is just one of them. Another site which is being explored and restored is called the "Baixi" site, which means acrobatics.

The Baixi site was discovered in June, 1999. It's at the south-east corner of the Qin Shihuang mausoleum, covering an area of 800 square meters.

Compared with the world-known Terracotta warriors site, "Baixi" site is a lot different.

While the clay figurines in the Terracotta warriors site all wear helmets and armour, those discovered at the "Baixi" site are all topless. Some even have "beer bellies", while others are very slim. The clay figurines also come in hundreds of different poses.

So what do they mean?

Zhang Weixing, leader of K9901 archaeology team, said, "Our preliminary analysis indicates that these figurines show people entertaining in the palace, probably as acrobats. So the site was named the as acrobatics site, in Chinese, Baixi site."

The official exploration of the site began last August. Pieces from more than 30 clay figurines have been discovered.

A mysterious hollow ball has also been unearthed, which was not seen in the previous two excavations.

The whole mausoleum complex, covering an area of 56.25 square kilometers, was listed in 1987 by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: CNTV

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