Chinese archaeologist who 'discovered and restored' Terracotta Warriors dies at the age of 82

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An archaeologist who was credited with discovering China's emblematic ancient Terracotta Warriors, has died aged 82, state media said.

Zhao Kangmin was largely recognised as the first archaeologist to identify fragments of terracotta which had been found by local farmers digging a well in spring, 1974.

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Zhao's death on May 16 was reported by the state-run People's Daily late Friday. He died of an unspecified illness.

The 8,000-man clay army, crafted around 250BC for the tomb of China's first emperor Qin Shihuang, is a UNESCO world heritage site.

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It's also a major tourist draw and a symbol of ancient Chinese artistic and military sophistication.

Mr Zhao worked as an archaeologist for more than 40 years and was the curator of the Lintong District Museum in Xi'an, capital of the northern province of Shaanxi and home city of the terracotta army.

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He was the first to excavate the site and told the potential significance of the clay segments to the locals, who had taken them home to use as pillows or sold them to scrap yards.

After the first batch of terracotta fragments were discovered, Mr Zhao spent three days painstakingly gluing together the first two soldier figures, according to his own accounts published on a local newspaper.

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The report was later shared by the Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses, the official museum for the important cultural heritage.

Apparently, Mr Zhao was also the first one to name those life-size sculptures.

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According to the same article, when he introduced the 5ft 10in figures he had pieced together to a journalist in April, 1974, he proudly said: 'This is a terracotta warrior from Qin Dynasty.'

When the farmers of Lintong County first stumbled upon the tomb in Xian, they...
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