In 1974, Chinese farmers discover the Terracotta Army near Xi’an, 8,000 clay warrior statues buried to guard the tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang
We have to know some interesting facts about the sculptures, buried with the first emperor of China
- There are about 8,000 life size statues of soldiers buried along with the king to protect him in the afterlife.
- Have you ever heard of “elixir of life”? Well, it is the immortality bug that seems to bite every great person.
It started with Emperor Qin of China who spent considerable resources trying to look for it. The Terracotta Warriors were part of this quest.
- Most of the statues measure 5 feet 11 inches tall but some soldiers are as tall as 6 foot 7 inches.
- The Statues were made to represent all battalions in ancient Chinese Army. Some are plainclothes, others are dressed like the cavalry while others are dressed like foot soldiers.
- The Statues were made by over 700,000 thousand workers who were involved in molding legs, arms, torsos, and heads etc. which were then assembled together.
- Apart from the soldiers, the king was also buried with 150 life-size cavalry horses and 130 chariots with 520 horses buried with the army.
- Amazingly, the horses in the archaeological site are saddled. This indicates that the saddle was invented long before the Qin Dynasty…
- The bronze weapons that they soldiers were buried with features some chromium coating that ensured they stayed protected from thousands of years below the ground.
- The Terracotta is one of the oldest and most significant imperial burial grounds to be discovered in modern times.
- The archaeological site where the imperial burial site was discovered was labeled a UNESCO world heritage site in 1987.