Archaeologists are hesitant to open and explore the tomb of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang.
This ancient tomb is renowned worldwide and ranks among the most significant archaeological discoveries ever made.
You might have heard about the Terracotta Army, those are the hundreds of figures discovered inside this tomb complex.
They include soldiers and court members meant to accompany the emperor in the afterlife.
However, there's still one chamber in the vast complex that remains unopened—the most crucial chamber, containing the emperor's tomb and sarcophagus.
Several valid reasons explain why archaeologists are delaying the opening of the tomb, and it's not because they fear curses. One concern is the delicate state of the artifacts inside.
When initially excavated, the figures were brightly painted, but exposure to the outside air caused the paint to peel off, leaving them bare. Opening the imperial chamber could lead to similar damage on anything inside.
Furthermore, authorities are waiting for advancements in archaeological science and technology. This would help gain more insights into the tomb's contents and potentially find ways to preserve it better before opening it up.
So, until then, the secrets of China's first emperor's tomb continue to be carefully guarded.
According to Kristin Romey, who works on the Terracotta Warrior exhibition in New York City's Discovery Times Square, the big hill where the emperor is buried has never been entered.
She explained, "Partly it's out of respect for the elders, but they also realize that nobody in the world right now has the technology to properly go in and excavate it."
There's also a significant political concern surrounding the excavation of this site.
This place has a direct connection to the very beginning of China's history as we know it. For a country with such a strong sense of its own identity and history, that's a really big deal. It's not something you want to handle lightly.
As of now, the emperor's resting place remains undisturbed, just as it has been for the last 2,000 years.