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Terracotta Army

the Terracotta Army of Xi'an.


The Terracotta Army was discovered in eastern outer suburbs of Xi'an, Shaanxi Province by local farmers drilling a water well 1.5 miles east of Lishan (a mountain).

This discovery prompted archaeologists to proceed to Shaanxi Province, China to investigate.

The Terracotta Army is a form of funerary art buried with the First Emperor of Qin (Qin Shi Huang, Shi Huang means the first emperor) in 210-209 BC (he declared himself the first emperor of China in 221 BC to the end of his life in 210 BC).

 Their purpose was to help rule another empire with Shi Huang Di in the afterlife. Consequently, they are also sometimes referred to as "Qin's Armies."

Mount Lishan is also where the material to make the terracotta warriors originated.

In addition to the warriors, an entire man-made necropolis for the emperor has been excavated.
 
 
 
 
       
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