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5,000 ancient stone statues found in China

5,000 stone statues which are older than the Terracotta warriors, have been discovered in Hunan province, China.

They are statues of civil officials, military officers, pregnant women and all kinds of common soldiers and their height varies from 30 to 100 centimetres.

Archaeology experts in Hunan said that there are over 5,000 stone statues on the ground and a large number of stone statues buried about two meters below the ground.

The Hunan Cultural Relics department also found that the statues are the group of stone portraits with the longest history found in China by far.

Some were carved in prehistoric times about 5,000 years ago, and some were carved during the Qin, Han, Wei and Jin dynasties about 2,000 to 5,000 years ago.

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