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The Terracotta Army is the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses of Qin Shi Huang the First Emperor of China. The terracotta figures, dating from 210 BC, were discovered in 1974 by some local farmers near Xi'an, Shaanxi province, China near the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor. The figures vary in height (183–195 cm - 6 ft–6 ft 5in), according to their roles, with the tallest being the generals. The figures include warriors, chariots, horses, officials, acrobats, strongmen, and musicians. Current estimates are that in the three pits containing the Terracotta Army there were over 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses, the majority of which are still buried in the pits.
A large cache of ancient stone statues outnumbering the Qin Terracotta Warriors was found in the depths of the Nanling Mountains located in Dao County of Yongzhou City, according to the Xiang Gan Yue Gui Archeology Summit Forum held in Yongzhou, Hunan Province on Aug. 17.
Located on what is an ancient worship site, the discovery of over 5,000 statues are spread over 15 square kilometres and the vast majority are believed to have been carved before the Qin dynasty era.
The anthropoid stone statues range from 30cm to 100cm in height, and take the form of several ranks of soldiers and military officiers, as well as civilian officials and pregnant women. Some are believed to be buried up to two metres below the ground.
Originally posted by Romantic_Rebel
This is so awesome! Thanks for the link OP. Glad to see some here love realy history.
Originally posted by spikey
reply to post by SlasherOfVeils
I cannot understand why the pyramid tomb/complex has never been excavated?
Apparently, Chinese authorities forbid it...even now, for some reason. Maybe the detested emperor was..ahem..from further away, MUCH further away than China!