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Large Palace Unearthed at Terracotta Tomb
December 4, 2012

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Chinese archaeologists have discovered a very large courtyard-style palace at the mausoleum of China's first emperor.

The palace is estimated to be more than 2,200 feet long and 820 feet wide, making it nearly one-quarter the size of the massive Forbidden City in Beijing. A total of 18 courtyard houses and one massive main building overlooked a group of smaller houses, archaeologists said.

The palace is the largest complex yet found at the mausoleum of Shi Huang-Di, who became China's first emperor when he united the country in 221 B.C. His mausoleum is perhaps most well-known for the massive Terracotta Army that guards it. Earlier this year, archaeologists discovered several dozen more Terracotta Army soldiers.

The mausoleum itself is the world's largest burial complex, measuring 56 square kilometers.

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