Terracotta Warriors

On March 29, 1974, Lintong District, Xi’an three farmers were drilling holes of finding underground water. Before they found water, they discovered some ancient terracotta pottery shards.


By July a Chinese archaeological team began excavating the site. What these farmers had discovered was the 2200-year-old remains of a life-sized, terracotta army which had been buried with the Qin Emperor who had brutally united the country, thus became the very first emperor of China (221-210 BCE).


The terracotta army consists of over 7,000 warriors of varying ranks. Thousands have been restored to their former grandeur. Each is life-sized and unique. The details in the faces and hairstyles as well as clothing and arm positioning make no two terracotta soldiers alike.



During a series of excavations, archaeologists also unearthed horses, bird and animal pits and a bronze chariot pit.  Below is the Bronze, gold, and silver Chariot, excavated from the Bronze Chariot Pit.

Qui Bronze

Qui Bronze_crane

The TW Museum is between 15 to 23 feet deep and covering 4 acres, it has been divided into three sections.


Today excavation continues. And the new generation of archaeologists has now taken over the vast task.


The history, excavate, restoration, and archaeological research are deep.

P.S. Below is the Sword with inlaid openwork hilt in 770–476 BCE. Excavated at Taigongmiao village, Yangjiagou in Baoji, Shaanxi, 1978:


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49 thoughts on “Terracotta Warriors

  1. I love your take on this theme, Amy. It is not only how deep archaeologists dig to recover the treasure, but how deep the terracotta warriors and other artifacts are steeped in ancient Chinese culture. They are precious!


    • So well said! Can’t imagine the diligent work that archaeologists have devoted to this vast restoration work. Thank you so much for your comment, Opalla!


      • I featured adin with her submission of the same topic. Looking at yours, I once again got so so fascinated by it. How I wish to see myself as well. It truly is a remarkable sight. Thank you for the knowledge and for taking me there.

        I don’t know why but I really want to see this one. 😦 they should move the whole collection to Japan.


    • Thank you for stopping by, Valerie! The place is massive, but it’s so well organized that you can walk around and see each section and the restoration process.


  2. such an extraordinary find, how wonderful to have seen it! not only deep, but vast, and infinite springs to mind … the ages that have passed, the armies of workmen manufacturing the terracotta armies … all amazing!


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  4. Another stunning look at an historical phenomenon. It’s hard to imagine what those many images were supposed to be for. Was it art, or history? Perhaps a gesture to the greatness of the ruling monarch…


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