The chrome plating on the Terracotta Army bronze weapons – once thought to be the earliest form of anti-rust technology – derives from a decorative varnish rather than a preservation technique, finds a new study co-led by UCL and Terracotta Army Museum researchers.
View of Pit 1 of the Terracotta Army showing the hundreds of warriors once
armed withbronze weapons [Credit: Xia Juxian]The study, published in Scientific Reports, reveals…
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