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Qin Shi Huang- Stately and Magnificent Tomb: Archaelological Challenges

Year 8 History

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After discovering a secret palace hidden in China's first emperor massive burial complex, Chinese technicians are nervous. Not because Qin Shi Huang's tomb is the most important archeological discovery since Tutankhamun, but because they believe his burial place is full of deadly traps that will kill any trespassers. Not to talk about deadly quantities of mercury.


Discover the massive terracotta army, buried for centuries and revealing the grandeur of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang. Uncover the history, mythology, and mystery of the tomb complex and its impact on our understanding of ancient China.

The Tomb of Qin Shi Huang is considered the greatest and most remarkable of all imperial tombs discovered in human history. but Why not excavate ? What is a hidden secret?

IFL Science

A prime reason behind this hesitancy is that archeologists are concerned about how the excavation might damage the tomb, losing vital historical information. Currently, only invasive archaeological techniques could be used to enter the tomb, running a high risk of causing irreparable damage. 

Chemistry World

In the 1980s Chinese researchers found that the soil in the burial mound above the tomb contains mercury concentrations way above those elsewhere in the vicinity. Now some archaeologists working on the site believe that the body of the First Emperor may indeed lie amidst vast puddles of the liquid metal.  


The Booby Traps of Qin Shi Huang’s Tomb: Fact, Fiction or Something Even Better?


The clay figures are part of the vast subterranean army built to protect the formidable emperor Qin Shi Huang in the afterlife.

Live Science

The decision whether to explore the tomb anytime soon, or ever, is up to the government of China. That decision will likely be influenced by the pace of technological progress.