Imperial Logistics: The Making of the Terracotta Army

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Three 1:10 scale warriors printed in gypsum

3d models and 3d prints

Xiuzhen, Marcos and I, together with colleagues at the Terracotta Army museum, have been busy working on a range of fun topics over the last few months. Some of this work relates to the geochemistry of the terracotta warriors and their weapons, other bits relate to warrior postures and formation in the pits, and we’ve just finished a paper on the spatial pattens of weapons and warriors that were marked with Chinese characters or numbers by the Qin artisans who made them. At first glance, these things don’t all immediately fit nicely together as research questions, but actually we think they do offer some really useful mutual insights. Hopefully, more news in the spring and summer! More...

Published: Feb 22, 2016 3:14:02 PM

Detail of warrior (photo Xia Juxian)

Terracota army in forthcoming talks

We keep making efforts to reach a wide and diverse range of audiences. First, because that’s the least we should do in return for the privilege of working on such an extraordinary site. And second, because in these fora we get feedback, questions and suggestions that keep inspiring further work. More...

Published: Sep 14, 2015 10:35:58 AM

Qin metallurgy book cover

金属制品、冶金和秦帝国 / Metals, metallurgy and the Qin Empire

(scroll down for English version) More...

Published: Dec 16, 2014 12:39:00 PM

3d models of 12 warrior ears

The terracotta warriors and the 'portrait' debate

In the last few days, we have noticed fresh interest in our work in both conventional and social media. We are very pleased that our research keeps engaging the broader public – and also sorry if the lines that follow sound slightly killjoy! More...

Published: Dec 5, 2014 12:07:14 PM

3d models and the faces of Qin?

We're excited to have just had another paper come out (you can find it in the Journal of Archaeological Science here) that describes how we have been building 3d models of the terracotta warriors and using them not simply for nice documentation and presentation, but also to try to address some thorny analytical questions too. The 3d modelling technique itself is an extremely promising one (derived from the fascinating filed of 'computer vision') which is fast becoming popular in archaeology since it was first introduced a couple of years ago (our project can claim to be an early adopter, but the first archaeological application is probably this one). I'll come back to the technique itself below, but the background rationale for why we might find such models useful for the Imperial Logistics project is also interesting. More...

Published: Jun 13, 2014 9:54:00 AM

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