The Terracotta Warriors and their emperor

This book documents one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of modern times. This is not your regular toy soldier army, because each stone warrior weighs 400 pounds!

The first of these warriors was found in the Lintong county of northern China in 1974, when some farmers were looking to dig a well because of a coming drought. Instead of finding water they found a clay head that was over 2,200 years old.

Almost all of the chariots have rotted away and the paint on the warriors has all been peeled off or exposed to the air.

There are 7,500 warriors in total. They are contained in three pits.Pit one serves as the main force with 6000 soldiers, pit two serves as a backup force with 900 soldiers, pit three serves as army headquarters. The men are circled in a U, because the fate of the army rests in their hands. There are around 70 men. In pit two there are over 350 chariots and 500 horses, each chariot had four mongolian horses and a cavalry man had one. In the first row of men were kneeling archers and then came standing archers with their typical fish scale armor. Already 1000 soldiers have been evacuated, and much more crushed. The purpose of all these clay warriors were to guard the dead emperor as the real emperor was guarded by real flesh and blood troops in life. You also may not know that all the terracotta warriors face east the most likely place where an attack may come from.

Not one face out of all the warriors are the same, it shows that all men are different ages, new warriors excited to go to battle, and older men who were veterans and have seen many fights.

There are no real pictures or painting that exist done in his lifetime but this is most likely what the emperor would have looked like.

Shown here is emperor Qin Shihuang the emperor of most of the Qin kingdom. His name meant first emperor, God in heaven, and Almighty universe. He wanted to live immortal but by eating powdered jade and drinking mercury, it killed him at a young age of 49. There may have been a revolt if word of his death got out , so as in the summer sun his body was rotting so secretly ministers put dead salted fish in his palanquin to take off the odor. The emperor was also famous making the first great wall of china in 206- 221 B.C which was known as the longest cemetery on earth. He was put into a grave which mechanical crossbows and fake machines that made the rumble of thunder. In his grave he was covered in jade and had every thing that he might need in the afterlife so he could enjoy all the other pleasures of everyday life.

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