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Gate to terracotta army tomb found

A fourth gate has been found which leades to the tomb of China's first emperor, Qin Shihuangdi. The People’s Daily Online says the north gate is huge, some 93 metres (about 280 feet) tall by seven (21 ft) metres and was built in the north facing wall of the

Statue of boy’s head may be that of a young Nero

Archaeologists have found a statue of a boy's head that they believe might be a depiction of a young Nero, one of the most hated Roman Emperors. The head found at Fishbourne Roman Palace, West Sussex, will undergo a 3D scan to see if it is a rare marble statue of

Terracotta army may have belonged to empress, not emperor

China's famous terracotta army, found in the tomb of the country's first emperor, may have actually belonged to a female ancestor. Chen presents his evidence in his new book "The Truth of Terracotta Warriors," which details discrepancies such as the army's distance from Qin's tomb and the hairstyles and clothes of

Summer home of Emperor Vespasian, the Coliseum builder, found

Archaeologists in Italy may have found the summer villa of the Roman Emperor Vespasian. Four years of digs led by archeologist Filippo Coarelli of the University of Perugia have uncovered an ornate villa with marble quarried in North Africa and ornate mosaic floors, Stampa said. While no inscription has been found

China plans new terracotta warrior excavation

Archaeologists in China plan to excavate more of the life-size terracotta warriors in Emperor Qin Shihuang's tomb. Archaeologists hope to uncover more of the elaborately carved officers to add to the 1,000-plus statues already excavated, the official China Daily newspaper said Wednesday. Special care will be taken to preserve the figures'

China’s “first emperor” banned Buddhism

According to researchers, Emperor Qin Shihuang, best known for the first version of the Great Wall and being burried with a terra cotta army of guards and horses, attempted to crush Buddhism during his reign.  "China's first and most influential history book, the Historical Records, stated clearly that Emperor Qin Shihuang