Archaeologists Feel Afraid to Open Tomb of China’s First Emperor

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VIVA – There is a deadly trap in the tomb of a Chinese emperor that has not been dismantled for more than 2,000 years. The tomb is known to be under a hill in central China. The ancient tomb has never been dismantled because the underground moat contains toxic mercury.

The tomb holds the secrets of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang who died on September 10, 210 BC after conquering six warring states to create China's first unified state.

“The big hill, where the emperor is buried, nobody’s been in there,’” said archaeologist, Kristin Romey.

In 1974, farmers stumbled across one of the most important archaeological discoveries of all time in an unassuming field in the Shaanxi province of China. While digging, they found fragments of a human figure made out of clay. This was just the tip of the iceberg.

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Archaeological excavations revealed the field was sitting above several pits that were jam-packed with thousands of life-size terracotta models of soldiers and war horses, not to mention acrobats, esteemed officials, and other animals.

It turns out this army statue was made to guard the tomb of Qin Shi Huang, the ruler of the Qin dynasty who ruled from 221 to 210 BC.

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