PIT 2, UNDER EXCAVATION

Pit 2, located 20 meters north of Pit 1 is very different. Smaller (but still 6,000 meters square), and shaped in an “L” it contains mixed military forces of archers, charioteers, cavalry and infantry. At present, a large portion remains unexcavated.

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I would think that when deciding if you wish to be an archaeologist, the first question you should ask yourself is “Do I like jigsaw puzzles?”

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Well preserved charioteers.

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TERRACOTTA ARMY, PIT 1

A few more shots from Pit 1. The front of the pit is all assembled in neat rows.

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The back is still under excavation with the soldiers being excavated and assembled.

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Saran wrap, not just for keeping your produce fresh.

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If you look closely, you can see remnants of the original paint.

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An army partly assembled. Note how each horse is different.

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A chariot partially recovered.

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One last shot from Pit 1, to give you a sense of scale.

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They still have lots to uncover.

Office365 FINALLY GOT ME

I have been wondering when I would upgrade to a new version of Office but never felt compelled. Of interest, I would go to the MS site every 6 month – wanting to upgrade, ultimately being disappointed. Why would I when the current version of Office for Mac is still 2011?

While on the beach this holiday, it finally became worthwhile for 3 reasons:

  • If you buy Office Home you get it across 5 machines, 5 iPads and 5 iPhones.
  • You get a new version of Outlook for Mac that actually works with GMAIL. Why Microsoft is not marketing this far and wide is beyond me? I had to dig to find that information. It should be front and center on their marketing.
  • The clincher – 1TB of online storage PER USER. No more backing up any machine at that level.
    How Dropbox, Box or the others will compete is beyond me? At that size I can put my entire finished photo library into the cloud and still have lots of room.

I am impressed. This is the first Microsoft product I have bought in 3 years as our XBOXs have been relegated to the archives – replaced by Steam and a PC lives on, in the basement, fighting off viruses with good old reliable Windows 7.

Microsoft is fortunate that Windows (7) is the best platform for Steam or that basement PC would be lonely. Although those days are numbered, IF (big IF) the Linux based Steam OS matures.

TERRACOTTA ARMY, XI’AN

The Terracotta Army went on my personal bucket list many years go while living in England, at the O2 for one reason – seeing 30 warriors at the British Museum did not cut it.

The army is estimated to have taken 36 years to complete and 700,000 workers. At the time I did not know where Xi’an was in China,  I certainly did not think that we would be living in Tokyo (although Singapore was always heavily under family consideration), but I knew it had to happen.

It was worth the wait and the effort. Broken into a series of “pits”, with several still being excavated, the scale of the place is staggering.

Thousands of warriors, each different standing in rows, their weapon disintegrated but their bodies remaining. Amazing.

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On many you can still see the paint remnants.

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Rows, and rows and rows.

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The chariots.

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Oddly enough, this is the only warrior I saw that looked out of proportion. A charioteer.

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700,000 people and 36 years. It boggles the mind.