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An integrated geophysical and archaeological investigation of the Emperor Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum


Integrated geophysical methods that included high-precision gravity, magnetic, electrical resistivity tomography, radioactive radon, and ground-penetrating radar surveys were used to investigate the underground palace of China's first Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, his Mausoleum, and its appurtenant structures (i.e., pits and tombs). Successful identification of the underground palace's distribution, as well as a thin-compacted wall and coffin chambers in the burial mound, as interpreted from analysis of the geophysical data, was corroborated by subsequent excavation. The effectiveness of the integrated procedures was also demonstrated on the known auxiliary pits and tombs adjacent to the main buried palace structure. These results are the most significant recent discoveries at the Emperor Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum, as well as the general mausoleum architecture in the Qin dynasty.

ISSN: 1083-1363
EISSN: 1943-2658
Serial Title: Journal of Environmental & Engineering Geophysics
Serial Volume: 11
Serial Issue: 2
Title: An integrated geophysical and archaeological investigation of the Emperor Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum
Affiliation: Xi'an University, Department of Resource Engineering, Xi'an, China
Pages: 73-81
Published: 20060601
Text Language: English
Publisher: Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society, Englewood, CO, United States
References: 6
Accession Number: 2006-081700
Categories: Quaternary geologyApplied geophysics
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 1 table, sketch map
N34°21'00" - N34°27'00", E109°10'60" - E109°20'60"
Secondary Affiliation: China Geological Survey, CHN, ChinaMinistry of Land Resources, CHN, China
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute.
Update Code: 200646
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