- Wooden slips found in Hunan contain an order from the emperor Qin Shihuang
- The executive order demanded a nationwide search in China for the elixir of life
- He was also responsible for the terracotta army to entertain him in the afterlife
China’s first emperor – creator of the world-famous terracotta army – was on a quest for eternal life, new archaeological research has revealed.
A set of wooden slips found in the central province of Hunan contain an executive order from emperor Qin Shihuang for a nationwide search for the elixir of life, along with replies from local governments, according to Xinhua news agency on Sunday.
It cited Zhang Chunlong, a researcher at the provincial institute of archaeology, as saying the emperor’s decree reached even frontier regions and remote villages.