Laid out in front of the Emperor’s own tomb, archaeologist Prof Zhang Weixing and his team have discovered the bones of young women buried with precious jewellery made of gold and pearls, which could only have belonged to very high ranking women. Dr Huan Yang, who has been excavating the bones, believes these young women were concubines of the First Emperor. Disturbingly, it looks as if their bodies were mutilated at the time of their deaths. There are 99 individual identified graves of this kind on the site. Ten have been excavated so far – and each one contains the mutilated remains of a young woman.
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