In 2007 it was reported by Chinese archaeologists
that a mysterious underground chamber had been found inside the
Chinese imperial tomb which was guarded by the famous Terracotta
Historical records describing the tomb of Qin
Shihuang, the first emperor of China's Qin dynasty, fail to
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 opined that it may have
been built for the soul of the emperor.
More than two thousand years old, the chamber
was buried inside a pyramidal earth mound 51m (170 feet) high on
top of Qin's tomb. It was situated near the life-size terracotta
warriors and had four stair-like walls, according to Duan Qingbo,
a researcher with the Shaanxi Archaeological Research Institute.
At the time of writing the Chinese authorities had
not given permission to excavate the site. It was believed that they
wished to perfect archaeological techniques before probing any
further, and archaeologists had had to use sensing technology at the
site from 2002.
Despite his brutal methods, Emperor Qin is
remembered as a hero in China for forging a unified state. He also
provided the country with the name by which it is known outside of
China itself - 'Qin' is pronounced 'chin'.
According to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, archaeologists
suspected that the unexcavated tomb could contain an entire
replica of the city of Xi'an, which the warriors guard