Sunday Snap : Terracotta Army

The Terracotta Army in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province of China, are deemed to be the most significant archaeological excavation of the 20th century.

Discovered in 1974 by a group of peasants during a dig to create a well, they had no idea they had just stumbled across artefacts from the Qin Dynasty (211-206 BC).
I went to visit the museum, which has now been open to the public less than 45yrs, and was blown away by the detailed warriors, each with their own unique face. Over 7,000 pottery soldiers, horses, weapons and chariots have been unearthed, and archaeologists have done a fantastic job of reassembling the thousands of pieces found in the pits. What I particularly enjoyed about pit number 3, is that they have done minimal reconstruction – leaving the broken pieces where they were found, with most of the pit still covered by the original roof – giving a perfect idea of what was discovered, in reality, such a short time ago.


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