A mysterious underground chamber has been found inside the
Chinese imperial tomb guarded by the famous Terracotta Army, Chinese
Historical records describing the tomb of Qin Shihuang, the
first emperor of China's Qin dynasty, do not mention the room which
is thirty metres (98 feet) deep.
The unopened chamber was found at the site near the old imperial
capital of Xian using remote sensing technology.
One expert says it may have been built for the soul of the
More than 2,000 years old, the chamber is buried inside a
pyramidal earth mound 51m (170 feet) high on top of Qin's tomb.
It is situated near the life-size terracotta warriors and has
four stair-like walls, says Duan Qingbo, a researcher with the
Shaanxi Institute of Archaeology.
The Chinese authorities have not given permission to excavate
It is believed that they wish to perfect archaeological
techniques before probing any further, and archaeologists have had
to use the sensing technology at the site since 2002.
Despite his brutal methods, Emperor Qin is remembered as a hero
in China for forging a unified state.