20 Archaeological Discoveries That Will Blow Your Mind

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9. Terracotta Army

The Terracotta Army is a massive collection of astonishingly life-like – and life-size – statues of Chinese soldiers from the army of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang. The army was interred with the emperor when he died more than 2,000 years ago. As well as some 8,000 soldiers, there are 130 chariots and 670 horses. Not all the buried statues were soldiers, with other figures including musicians, acrobats and strongmen.

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8. Human Hand Pits

Archaeologists found a stash of severed human hands in four pits at the ancient Egyptian city of Avaris. There were 16 of the skeletal hands, all right hands, dating back some 3,600 years. At that time, a people called the Hyksos occupied this part of Egypt, and it’s believed that soldiers presented the hands of enemies to a leader. The leader would have rewarded the soldiers with gold.

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