The entombed remains of more than 500 horses buried with a Chinese emperor 2500 years ago are to go on public display.
The government of Zibo city, in China’s Shandong Province, has confirmed that restoration of the site would allow it to open to the public next year, the state news agency, Xinhua, reported.
The tomb is that of Qi Jinggong, an emperor of the Qi State during the late Spring and Autumn Period (770 BC to 476 BC).
Most of the horses were six to seven years old when buried with the emperor to accompany him, a common tradition for the time.
Archaeologists say the tomb provides valuable insights into the history, economy, military and burials of ancient China.
City officials will spend more than 70 million yuan ($US11 million) on excavation and preservation work on the horse pit over the next three to five years.