Archive for June 5th, 2008

The terracotta army remains unbowed

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

Two thousand years, burial, erosion, oxidation, thieves and well-meaning bumblers couldn’t defeat Emperor Qin Shihuang Ling’s terracotta warriors, so why should the Sichuan earthquake be any different?

There were no fatalities and only 7 minor injuries.

It looks disconcerting, though, seeing them in what the Chinese press calls “disarray“:

I think the damage to their faces is erosion rather than quakechips. It seems more like a chemical peel gone bad than the cracking or shattering caused by tectonic plate movement.

I could well be talking complete bollocks, though. :chicken:

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