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What you can do with mud................THE TERRACOTTA ARMY

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Remember the tyrant Emperor Qin who built the great wall. Well, here he is again. Because he made so many enemies during his lifetime, he built a Terracotta Army to protect him in the afterlife.

Lets jump ahead to 1974 when a farmer, digging for water, unearthed pieces of pottery. Recognizing the potential significance he took them to the village head. Jump ahead again to today and we have a site that welcomes over one hundred thousand visitors a day.

There are 3 pits with pit 1 being the largest excavation to date. Here there is a total of 2 thousand restored full sized terracotta figures of soldiers, archers, chariots with horses and drivers, and 1 general. When the pit 1 excavation is complete they anticipate there will be 8000 warriors. Archaeologists are currently excavating all 3 pits

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Emperor Qin's actual burial site is about 10 kilometers away. Scientists are currently working on developing techniques to safely excavate the tomb as it is believed to contain massive amounts of mercury. These brass figures were found in excavations adjacent to his tomb.

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Terracotta Warriors are big business. You can buy mini to full-sized replicas as souvenirs -- something you have always wanted.

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Posted by keithandhelen 06:25 Archived in China

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great pictures BUT my very favourite was of the Emperor Keith

by Jane Bird

Amazing, especially the "Keith" warrior!!!! What fun you must be having.

by Carol Lynn

Wish we were there!

by Dianna

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