In 1974, farmers digging wells in China discovered a vast army of over 8,000 life-sized terracotta figures, mostly soldiers, buried with the body of the first Emporer around 200 BC. Now it’s been discovered that they were guarding more than an emperor’s body?they were guarding a vast treasure.
Karla Adam writes in the Independent that archeologists using special X-ray equipment have discovered a large number coins inside the sealed tomb, leading them to conclude that the emperor was buried with his state treasure. This means that his death effectively bankrupted the country. It’s also likely that the coins are made of gold or other precious metals and are a still worth a fortune today.