The find was second only in the annals of China's archaeological discoveries to the unearthing of 6,000 Qin Dynasty (221BC to 207BC) terracotta soldiers and horses near the ancient capital, Xian, earlier this century. The women, found in Shaanxi province near an imperial tomb dating back to the Western Han dynasty (206BC to AD24), are dressed in wooden armour and hold swords.
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Archaeologists in China have found a cache of 50 2,000-year-old terracotta statues of female warriors, Reuter reports from Peking.