Imperial Logistics: The Making of the Terracotta Army

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News and views from the team leading the project “Imperial Logistics: The Making of the Terracotta Army”

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Qin metallurgy book cover

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

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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

Children listening (courtesy of Elinor Hoskins, Archant)

Do archaeologists always carry two toothbrushes?

You can never prepare well enough for an encounter with schoolchildren. They will always manage to catch you off-guard. A few weeks ago I had great fun, and some moments of nerves, talking about archaeology and archaeologists with some 350 children aged 7 to 11 at St. Augustine’s Catholic Primary School.
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Published: May 27, 2014 7:19:47 AM

PCA showing groupings based on measurements of different trigger parts

Crossbow triggers and imperial craft organisation

Our latest paper has just been published in the journal Antiquity and focuses on the crossbow triggers for the Qin Terracotta Army. More...

Published: Mar 6, 2014 8:52:22 PM


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