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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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Aims

'Imperial Logistics' has two main research aims:
  1. investigating the crafting methods and logistical organisation behind the construction of the Terracotta Army and the broader mausoleum of the First Emperor of China; and
  2. developing novel hypotheses and methods, via artefact-scale metric analysis, materials science and spatial modelling, that may be used as a comparative platform for studying craft specialisation, logistical organisation, cross-craft interactions and strategies of enforced social cohesion in emerging imperial systems.

Given the project’s wider context as an international collaboration centred on a World Heritage site, two important further aims are an improved transfer of specialist knowledge among Western and Chinese scholars, and active engagement and dissemination beyond academic circles.

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One of the exceptionally well-preserved bronze lances recovered with the Terracotta Army

Imperial Logistics: The Making of the Terracotta Army
UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK
+44 (0) 20 7679 7496 · terracotta-army@ucl.ac.uk