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Making Weapons for the Terracotta Army

Martinón-torres M, Li X, Bevan A ...see all

Archaeology International, issue 13 (2009) pp. 65-75

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Abstract

This paper outlines some results of the typological, metric, microscopic, chemical and spatial analyses of the 40,000 bronze weapons recovered with the Terracotta Warriors. To reveal remarkable aspects of the organisation of the Qin workforce in production cells, of the standardisation, efficiency and quality-control procedures employed, and of the sophisticated technical knowledge of the weapon-makers.

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  • bronze weapon

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Authors

  • Marcos Martinón-torres

  • Xiuzhen Janice Li

  • Andrew Bevan

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