On March 29, 1974, a team of workers who a well dug near the Chinese city of Xian stumbled upon a unique find a life-sized terracotta warrior. But these were not the only discoveries, years later an entire terracotta army was found next to the tomb of Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of unified China.
The army numbered more than 8,000 soldiers, a cavalry of 150 animals, 130 chariots drawn by 520 other horses, and up to 40,000 arrowheads, along with dozens of bronze swords, spears, crossbows, and other weapons.
A team of Chinese experts revealed the production process of the famous Terracotta Warriorsthe underground army that guards the mausoleum of the first emperor of China, Qinshi Huang. According to archaeologists, the craftsmen used the rolling technique to create the main body parts of the statues, such as the torso and limbs.
With a thin layer of mud, they assembled the main parts of the body and added the final touches to the face and clothes, reflecting the realism and variety of ancient Chinese art, the official newspaper reports. Worldwide times
“The craftsmen first made the most important parts of the body, including the feet and legs of the warriors. Then the head and arms of the body were made separately,” said Shen Maosheng, one of the scientists on the team excavating Shaft No. 1 at Emperor Qinshihuang’s mausoleum.
In total, three excavations have been carried out in this canyon since 2009in which more than 220 human figures, 16 ceramic horses and other objects such as weapons and cars have been recovered.
The Terracotta Warriors are one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th century and were declared World Heritage by Unesco in 1987.
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