Worldwide attention continues to focus on the Terracotta Warriors of the 1st Chinese Emperor, Qinshi Huangdi.
The Terracotta Warriors were discovered by accident in 1974 30 km east of Xian at the foot of the Li mountain, directly adjacent to the Emperor’s grave mound which itself has never been opened.
7300 lifesize clay soldiers, archers, officers, horses and battle wagons remained underground for 2000 years. Around 1000 figures are now exposed, while the other figures were once again covered with soil to preserve their color until they can be prepared for the conservation process.
The entire complex, built by 700,000 forced laborers, demonstrates the power of the rulers who first united the Chinese empire, introduced a bureaucratic structure which still characterizes China today, and who also introduced a unified currency and system of writing.
The Emperor, known for his legalistic discharge of duties, conducted the first book burning in history and persecuted alternative-thinking intellectuals who were buried alive.
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