Emperor Qin's Terra Cotta Army (Unearthing Ancient Worlds) by Michael Capek

By Michael Capek

A useless emperor guarded through his military for 2,000 years... someday in 1974, a gaggle of farmers in rural China discovered a life-size clay statue of a man's head buried deep in a box. while govt archaeologists inspected the realm, they found that underneath the floor have been greater than 8 thousand life-size clay infantrymen, every one with a different face. In close by chambers, they unearthed clay horses, rigorously preserved swords, bronze statues, and different outstanding issues. the place did those treasures come from? And why have been they buried? Slowly the tale printed itself. It based round Qin Shi Huangdi, the 1st emperor of China, who died in 210 B.C.. For 40 years prime as much as his demise, millions of artists from throughout China had sculpted a tremendous urban the place he will be buried, guarded and guarded by way of hundreds of thousands of clay squaddies. This urban remained hidden for over thousand years. this crucial archaeological locate deals impressive perception into the civilization of historical China.

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Warriors riding in fast-moving chariots swung shu like clubs. Workers have found a bundle of these ancient defensive weapons in Pit 3. Some even have parts of their original wooden poles. These weapons were discovered in Pit 2. They appear to be a store of crossbow arrows. leather was coated with thick layers of lacquer. This coating was made from the sap of a tree that grows in China. It dried clear and made a shell as hard as rock. Other armor was made from overlapping plates of bronze, iron, or stone.

In Pit 1, archaeologists have already discovered eight wooden chariots, thirtytwo life-sized terra cotta horses, and more than one thousand warriors. Each warrior stands 5 feet 9 inches (175 centimeters) tall. In addition, workers have found more than ten thousand bronze weapons. They estimate that more than six thousand terra cotta soldiers and horses, dozens more war chariots, and tens of thousands of weapons exist in all. Spellbound museum visitors watch as the archaeologists continue their work in the trenches.

A repeated ringing signaled a retreat. Historians say that, directed by these signals, the Qin army operated like a giant machine. Each part acted in perfect harmony with the others. This bronze bell was one of the musical instruments discovered in the pits. THE MUSEUM OF TERRA COTTA WARRIORS AND H O R S E S 41 Archaeologists reconstructed this crossbow using a bronze trigger mechanism found at the terra cotta site. The bronze arrowhead was also found with the terra cotta army. The pits also hold extralong arrows.

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