Chinese archeologists have started a second round of excavation at a burial pit of Emperor Qin Shihuang (259-210 BC) Mausoleum in the northwestern Shaanxi Province.
The burial pit, coded K9901, is one of 180 funerary pits of the Qin Mausoleum. A previous round of excavation in March 1999 produced a giant bronze cooking vessel and 11 terracotta figurines that stood bare on their upper bodies.
Cao Wei, deputy head of the Museum of the Terracotta Warriors, said the pit is unique because the terracotta warriors without armor could be acrobatics performers.
A new round of digging was launched Friday because the previous excavation covered only less than 10 percent of the 700-square-meter pit and not enough to give a full picture of the structure, said Zhang Weixing, head of the archeological team.
Since 1974, Chinese archeologists have excavated more than 30 funerary pits in the Mausoleum of Qin Shihuang, the first emperor to unite China. An army of more than 7,000 life sized terracotta warriors and horses were first discovered at the site in 1974. The mausoleum was later declared a National Heritage site and a World Heritage site.