Clay Army Of Qin Shi Huangdi

By A Strauch

What Is The Clay Army?

The Clay Army Of Qin Shi Huangdi are life like statues of charioteers and calvarymen horses striding infantrymen, and kneeling archers which are made entirely from terra cotta. There are more than 7500 warriors there. They weigh around 400 pounds each. Different soldiers wore different uniforms. Higher ranked soldiers would wear boots, tailed headgear, and tunics. While lower ranked soldiers would wear robes. There are also three pits where the soldiers are buried.(more about that in paragraph where.) They attract many tourists every year because of their beautiful detail. They're called the "terra cotta army" because they were made of terra cotta, which is a sandy stone.


Why Were These Warriors Built?

The terracotta warriors were built to protect Qin Shi Huangdi in the afterlife. Qin Shi Huangdi was determined to find an elixir that allowed him to be immortal (or to life forever.) He also built them to symbolize life underground. There are also other theories of why he built them, such as to show his glory. They also may have been built to remember the army that triumphed over the other warring states to unite china. These are some of the many reasons of why these warriors were built.



Where Are These Warriors Located, And Where Were They Found?

These warriors are located in three pits. These pits are located one kilometer to the east of Qin Shi Huangdi's tomb. they were dug up at the foot of the mountain Lishan. They were found in 1974 on accident by two farmers drilling holes to find water in the ground when one hit something hard. It was the first terra cotta warrior found. There were 7000 soon to come. they can now be found in Lintong, Xi'an, Shaanxi, China

Who Built The Clay Army? How were They Built?

The army was made in workshops by government laborers and local craftsmen. The material that was used came from the nearby Mt.Li. They were made by many people who were lined up in an assembly line. The arms, legs, and torsos were made separately and then later added on to the other parts. They were painted many colors but over time the paint has chipped making them a dull gray color. t
The Terra-Cotta Warriors
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