detail of burial complex
Of the Past, for the Future: A Coalition for Change at the Fifth World Archaeological Congress

Terra-cotta soldiers standing guard at the burial complex of Emperor Qin Shihuangdi, near Xi'an, China (detail). Discovered in 1974 by farmers drilling a well, the site has yielded more than 8,000 unique life-size soldiers and horses. Spectacular discoveries such as this one can encourage the impression that the world's archaeological resources are some-how inexhaustible. But because the number and kinds of sites that remain to be discovered are unknown, it is necessary to apply the kind of husbandry of resources now exercised in the fields of the environment and ecology. Photo: Dennis Cox/Timepix.