The Straits Times
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Published on Dec 01, 2012
 

China unearths ancient palace ruins: State media

 
 

BEIJING (AFP) - China has unearthed the ruins of an ancient palace near the tomb of the country's first emperor that was already famed for its terracotta soldiers, state media said on Saturday.

The discovery is the latest at the mausoleum, which dates back more than two millennia and became one of the greatest modern archaeological finds after a peasant digging a well stumbled upon the life-size warriors in 1974.

The palace "is the largest complex ever found at the cemetery", the Xinhua news agency said, citing Mr Sun Weigang, a researcher at the archeology institute of northern Shaanxi province where the site is located.

Qin Shihuang, a ruler during the Qin dynasty (221-207 BC), presided over China's unification and declared himself its first emperor.