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originally posted by: Anaana
a reply to: Flavian and Earthoccupant
Just looking at the terracotta cart compared to the one from the Altai which, to my eye, doesn't look particularly serviceable, I am wondering whether they were emulating elite burials that they had witnessed in China...I think the article suggests that the tattoos may indicate cultural connections (as have other finds in the region). Or is the chariot just fragile looking due to degradation over time? If not then perhaps they knew the principle of spoked wheels but lacked the technology to replicate anything more than a rough facsimile, perhaps?
originally posted by: Flavian
I thought there was a fair bit of evidence to indicate that the first Emperor would have been of Mongol stock, or at least very intimate with the Mongols - even down to riding with his "chosen men". Which would again indicate that this knowledge had been out there (and remained there for the Chinese).......but for some reason disappeared for the Mongols.......