Forty Thousand Arms for a Single Emperor: From Chemical Data to the Labor Organization Behind the Bronze Arrows of the Terracotta Army

@article{MartinnTorres2014FortyTA,
  title={Forty Thousand Arms for a Single Emperor: From Chemical Data to the Labor Organization Behind the Bronze Arrows of the Terracotta Army},
  author={Marcos Martin{\'o}n-Torres and Xiuzhen Janice Li and Andrew Bevan and Yin Xia and Kun Zhao and Thilo Rehren},
  journal={Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory},
  year={2014},
  volume={21},
  pages={534-562}
}
This paper explores the integration of chemical data with metric studies and spatial analyses of archaeological artifacts to investigate questions of specialization, standardization, and production organization behind large-scale technological enterprises. The main analytical focus is placed on the 40,000 bronze arrowheads recovered with the Terracotta Army in the First Emperor’s Mausoleum, Xi’an, China. Based on the identification by portable X-ray fluorescence spectrometry of chemical… 
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