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OPENING OF NEW PITS NEAR QIN SHIHUANG MAUSOLEUM, XIAN

Terracotta figuresTwo new pits of civil servant and acrobat terracotta figures at the mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shihuang (259 BC-210 BC) were opened to the public on October 1.

The acrobat pit, coded K9901 and discovered in 1999, lies in the southeast of the mausoleum of Qin Shihuang. The 11 unearthed terracotta figures, unarmoured with their torsos unclad, differ greatly from terracotta warriors. They might have represented wrestlers, acrobats or dancers in the court of the Qin Dynasty, according to archaeologists.

The civil servant figure pit, coded K0006, lying in the southwest of the mausoleum opened to the general public on the same day.