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Complete crossbow found with Terracotta Army

A complete crossbow, complete with bow string made from animal tendon, has been found with the Terracotta Army in Xi'an, China. Among hundreds of pieces of crossbows unearthed in the past, this one is said to be the best-preserved in general, with a 145cm arch and a 130cm bow string. The

Terracotta army modeled on real soldiers

New research suggests that the 7,000 soldiers that make up China's famous Terracotta Army may each have been individually modeled off of a real soldier. "If a thief presses an ear against a door or a windowpane, that can be as effective as a fingerprint," says team member and UCL archaeologist

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