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Imperial Logistics: The Making of the Terracotta Army

Project Director: Professor Marcos Martinon-Torres, Professor of Archaeological Science, University College London 

'Imperial Logistics' has two main research aims: a) investigating the crafting methods and logistical organisation behind the construction of the Terracotta Army and the broader mausoleum of the First Emperor of China; and b) developing novel hypotheses and methods, via artefact-scale metric analysis, materials science and spatial modelling, that may be used as a comparative platform for studying craft specialisation, logistical organisation, cross-craft interactions and strategies of enforced social cohesion in emerging imperial systems. Given the project's wider context as an international collaboration centred on a World Heritage site, two further important aims are an improved transfer of specialist knowledge among Western and Chinese scholars, and active engagement and dissemination beyond academic circles.