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Building the Terracotta Army: ceramic craft technology and organisation of production at Qin Shihuang's mausoleum complex

Quinn, PS; Zhang, S; Xia, Y; Li, X; (2017) Building the Terracotta Army: ceramic craft technology and organisation of production at Qin Shihuang's mausoleum complex. Antiquity , 91 (358) pp. 966-979. 10.15184/aqy.2017.126. Green open access

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Abstract

Despite decades of research into the Terracotta Army of the First Emperor of China, many questions remain about how, where and by whom the figures were made. This new study compares the results of microscopic analysis of the life-sized clay statues to other ceramic artefacts recovered from the mausoleum. By focusing on their original raw materials and clay paste recipes, it proves that the terracotta warriors were made near the site. Compositional, technological and spatial links between different artefacts suggest that clay was processed centrally before being distributed to different local workshops in a highly organised system of labour and craft specialisation that laid the foundation for imperial China.

Type: Article
Title: Building the Terracotta Army: ceramic craft technology and organisation of production at Qin Shihuang's mausoleum complex
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2017.126
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2017.126
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: China, Qin Shihuang, Terracotta Army, clay, petrography
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1570749
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