On our second day in Xian, we visited the excavation site of the tomb of Qin Shi Huang the First Emperor of China, site of the terra cotta warriors.
Pit 1 contains approximately 6000 warriors, each with individual facial features, as well as various horses and charioteers. The roofs, chariots, weapons, etc. were wood, and were pillaged or burned in the intervening years.
Pit 3 is thought to have been the command post, including high ranking administrators and official chariots with passengers.
Pit 2 is thought to have been the military guard, including more infantry, cavalry, and war chariots.
Additional pits, not open to the public, have been found, containing court performers (acrobats, etc.) and livestock.
The scope of the site is mind boggling. It is believed that the tomb was worked on for about 35 years, involving as many as 700,000 workers, with the intent to provide Qin Shi Huang with a power base for establishing his empire in the afterlife.
_Pit 1 Full View 1389
_Pit 1 Closer Up 1390
_Pit 1 Left Flank 1395
_Pit 1 Rows 1413
_Pit 1 Excavation 1436
_Restored Warriors 1439
_Restored Horses 1441
_Pit 3 Administrators 1444
_Pit 3 Charioteers and Passenger 1455
_Pit 2 High Ranking Official 1473
_Pit 2 Broken Warriors 1480
_Pit 2 Chariot 1484
Category:Travel and Places
Keywords:Terra Cotta Warriors