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Pay Dirt
Photograph by O. Louis Mazzatenta

While the bodies of two humans and two horses have decomposed since they were entombed near Anyang more than 3,000 years ago, the war chariot beside them seems, at first glance, to have held together quite nicely. But look again: The original chariot is gone. As its wooden wheels and frame gradually deteriorated, tiny bits of sediment settled in their place, then hardened, forming a soil cast of the chariot. "During the excavation," says photographer Lou Mazzatenta, "Chinese archaeologists were superb at figuring out where the surrounding soil ended and the chariot began. And that's not an easy job."

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia
Lens: 60mm f/2.8 macro
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/8

Weather Conditions: Indoors
Time of Day: Unrecorded
Lighting Techniques: I used three Comet 1200 watt second strobes and four Balcar strobes with soft boxes.



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