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13/09/07
Terracotta Army Take Up Position in British Museum
- Chinese artefacts go on show to eager London public

Terracotta Army Take Up Position in British MuseumARTEFACTS OF THE TERRACOTTA ARMY dating back two thousand years go on show today at London's British Museum.

A hundred and twenty objects have been borrowed from the Museum of the Terracotta Army in Xian, China. They are part of a huge hoard of ancient remains first unearthed by peasant farmers in 1974. Among the discoveries was an army of 10,000 terracotta soldiers, whom China's First Emperor Qin Shihuangdi had buried in the area next to his tomb to protect him in the afterlife.

The exhibition, entitled The First Emperor: China's Terracotta Army, is expected to be one of the most successful ever at the museum. According to the organisers, 100,000 tickets have already been sold for the six-months the army will be in town.

Links:
The First Emperor: China's Terracotta Army: Tickets and Info
British Museum



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