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China unearths new terracotta warriors in Xi'an (VIDEO)

Chinese archaeologists have unveiled 110 new terracotta army statues found near the tomb of China's first emperor, Qin Shihuang.

China has unveiled 110 new terracotta warriors unearthed near the tomb of the first Chinese emperor.

The terracotta army statues, excavated over the course of three years, were created 2,000 years ago to guard the burial site of the Qin Dynasty emperor, outside the present-day city of Xi'an in Shaanxi province. 

Archeologists also uncovered 12 pottery horses, parts of chariots, weapons and tools, during an excavation of a 200-square-meter site, Agence France-Presse reported.

"The most significant discovery this time around is that the relics that were found were well-preserved and colorfully painted," Shen Maosheng from the Qin Shihuang Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum told AFP.

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Emperor Qin Shihuang presided over the unification of China in 221 BC and is seen as the country's first emperor.

The vast terracotta army was discovered in 1974 by local farmers digging a well. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.

The current excavation, which started in 2009, is the third at the site. Previous digs, carried out in 1974 and 1985, uncovered more than 1,000 of the life-size warrior statues, each with unique facial features and hair styles.

The Mail Online reported that archeologists say it will be a challenge to preserve the warrior figures, in particular the color of the terracotta.

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