Chrome plating on the bronze weapons of China's Terracotta Army is decorative varnish NOT a preservation technique as previously thought | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Chrome plating on the bronze weapons of China's Terracotta Army is decorative varnish NOT a preservation technique as previously thought

The mystery of the Terracotta Army's shiny swords and spears has been solved, according to British scientists.

The world famous Terracotta Army of Xi'an consists of thousands of life-sized ceramic figures representing warriors.

Chrome plating on thousands of their bronze weapons was thought to be the earliest form of anti-rust technology - thousands of years before it arrived in the West.

But the steely grey metal formed by chance through a chemical reaction between a decorative and the low organic content of surrounding soil, the research claims.

The lacquer was used to treat wooden parts of the weapons - such as shafts, grips and scabbards.

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