Imperial Logistics: The Making of the Terracotta Army

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Signing ceremony

Terracotta Army collaboration renewed!

We are very pleased to report that the collaboration between UCL and Qin Shihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum keeps getting stronger. More...

Published: Sep 21, 2016 3:52:58 PM

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

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