Chinese Terracotta Warriors
In 1974 the most important archaeological discovery in the world took place when more than 8000 life-size clay warriors were uncovered in Xi’an, China.
The clay army lies in the greatest mausoleum in the world, and archaeologists assert that it was meant to protect Emperor Qin Shi Huang in his journey after death.
Each soldier was created with unique characteristics and was placed according to rank. Horses, weapons and other objects were also discovered.
Qin Shi Huang was the first emperor of the Qin Dynasty.
He became King at the age of 12 and lived in the 2nd century BCE.
According to historical records, he amassed an army of one million professional soldiers.
Qin Shi Huang initiated construction of the Great Wall of China.
Huang’s Mausoleum was a copy of his kingdom—which according to the records took 37 years and more than 720,000 people to construct.
The outer wall is about 2km x 1km and the Necropolis consists of buildings, cemeteries and stables, and there are four different pits in which the 8,000 warriors stand in rows.
The tomb of the King has been located and is likened to an underground palace though it is yet to be excavated.
According to historian Siam Qian, the tomb hides great treasures such as vessels, precious stones and precious metals.
Characteristically, Qian mentions:
"Since antiquity, no one has ever been buried in such a luxurious manner as Emperor Qin Shihuang."
The tomb was booby-trapped to deny grave robbers access.
Poison-tipped arrows automatically triggered combined with mercury, and other fatal traps ensured death upon any intruder.
The secrets of the tomb are not known since most of the people that worked Those workers constructing the Emperor’s tomb were put to deathupon its completion guarantying its secrecy .