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Terracotta army weapons analysed


It turns out that the weapons the 8,000 terracotta warriors were buried with were likely made specifically for the burial.

The pieces were mostly uniform, suggesting the interlocking trigger parts were made in the same or nearly-identical molds and produced in small batches. Each batch of the trigger pieces was likely then assembled in small cells, or workshops, perhaps headed by an overseer. That model contrasts with the “assembly line” hypothesis that some archaeologists thought might have been used.

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Story: Tia Ghose, LiveScience | Photo: Lukas Hlavac, Shutterstock

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