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Terracotta army


In March 1974 one of the most magnificent archaeological finds of the 20th century occurred in the Shaanxi province in the China.  It was the tomb of First Emperor Quin where 7,000 life-sized terracotta soldiers from the late third-century B.C.E. were uncovered.  The figures of ceramic cavalrymen and chariots, all arranged in battle formation, are notable because even though they have mass-produced body parts, the face of each figure is unique.

Croy, A. (2009), Art and architecture: inside ancient China, Sharpe Focus, Armonk, NY.

The tomb and the army of terracotta warriors have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Use the following resources to find out: Why has an ancient Chinese Emperor's terracotta army been buried underground for centuries?

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  • Wheatley, A, Reid, S. (2004), 'The march of death' inThe Usborne Introduction to archaeology, Usborne, London; pages 74-75.

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