Terracotta Army - Pits

Qin Shi Huang
(259 – 210BC) became King of Qin in 246BC at a time when what is now China was in turmoil. An autocratic tyrant he effectively unified the various factions and in 221BC became first Emperor of China, introducing bold social and economic reforms and starting the building of the first Great Wall. When he was only 13 preparations began to build him an enormous palace for the afterlife. 700,000 workers were involved in the construction of an enormous complex of buildings (and probably rivers of mercury) with an army of 8,000 soldiers and nearly 700 horses. However less than five years after his death the site was looted and destroyed by fire. The Terracotta Army was not rediscovered until 1974.

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