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Archaeological finds point to foreign inspiration for the terracotta army guarding the tomb of China’s first emperor and a murderous power struggle

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oreign involvement in the famous tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang Di may be revealed by the presence of terracotta acrobats and bronze figures of ducks, swans and cranes in the 38-square-mile burial complex, and European DNA has been found in skeletons at a site in northwestern China. A skull, possibly belonging to a member of the royal family and which appears split by a crossbow bolt, may indicate an execution committed in a power grab for the throne.
11 months ago
Amedeo Tumolillo
By Amedeo Tumolillo
Amedeo Tumolillo is an editorial consultant with SupChina and award-winning multimedia journalist. He previously worked at The New York Times and Spectrum. Follow him on Twitter at @hellotumo.
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