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China's Terracotta Warriors

2009.08.22
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The Terracotta Warriors were discovered in 1974, by farmers digging a well near Xian in China. Excavation of the earth and timber vaults revealed thousands of life-size terracotta warriors in battle formation, a whole army which would accompany its emperor, Qin Sichuan, into immortality.
The first part of the Terracotta Army site to be discovered was named Vault One. In 1976, two other vaults were uncovered 20-25 meters from Vault One, and were named Vault Two and Vault Three. Called the Eighth Wonder of the World, they are among China’s biggest tourist draws. Now on June 13, Chinese archaeologists have begun the third dig of the Terracotta Warriors after a 24-year break.

The Qin Empire (778-207BC)
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38 Comments
smbunation Wow. Great documentation. Thanks for sharing.
smbunation · 2009-08-22: 22:56
lyency impressive documentation! in particular i like #6, #14, and #28
lyency · 2009-08-22: 23:33
JanetLippincott This is astounding and I never even heard of it! Your photos depict it wonderfully!
JanetLippincott · 2009-08-23: 00:22
noptek Wonderful report.
noptek · 2009-08-23: 02:23
plhearts Very interesting..!
plhearts · 2009-08-23: 02:30
Tats25 Oh wow, these are just incredible. What an amazing experience it must be too see these guys. Thanks for sharing!
Tats25 · 2009-08-23: 04:03
????? Great place...good job.
????? · 2009-08-23: 04:34
Aghdam Did you go China?
I like these men they are fantastic!!!
Aghdam · 2009-08-23: 05:14
onlyricky OMG
they look almost real! o_O
it would scare me if I saw this Live!
Wonderful set! =)
onlyricky · 2009-08-23: 05:28
jet28 Wow, impressive set!
jet28 · 2009-08-23: 05:57
lynnsgallery2 Very interesting find!!!
lynnsgallery2 · 2009-08-23: 07:27
wfrnk Fantastic work indeed. :-)
wfrnk · 2009-08-23: 09:02
dream1554 A very well documented set!
Thank you for sharing
dream1554 · 2009-08-23: 09:21
BuffyEyes What a great find. Are they human size? Love the horses too. The different hair styles and faces are really great. The clothing is pretty much the same for only small differences. I guess in those days you were the designer. As they say in the fashion world, "less is more."
BuffyEyes · 2009-08-23: 10:12
BuffyEyes It looks like they're hollow inside. How'd they do that? With a mold? But they look like they're carved out of stone.
BuffyEyes · 2009-08-23: 10:16
dontblink These are truly a wonder and would be amazing to see in person.
dontblink · 2009-08-23: 10:27
okami Oh, I am so going to see this in person! :)

Apparently each warrior is different - different faces - and the story behind finishing the army is quite dramatic (executed or poisoned workers etc.).
okami · 2009-08-23: 10:49
tiffany I liked the 'brokeback' rendition best. Metaphorical, of course!
tiffany · 2009-08-23: 11:19
Oweena I'm probably the only person who has been disappointed by the warriors. Possibly because my expectations were too high before we got there.
Oweena · 2009-08-23: 11:30
lookagain Wow, awesome post, just awesome. You got some fantastic images, great angles and wonderful details! What an amazing place to visit!
lookagain · 2009-08-23: 12:45
mystic1 Wow thats is sooooo coool, thanks for the fantastic reportage and the fantastic shots with all the differnt angles, looks like a fantastic place for a tour
mystic1 · 2009-08-23: 13:24
paintbox Amazing, and a bit terrifying.
paintbox · 2009-08-23: 14:25
tomie fantastic report!! i would like to be there with you!
tomie · 2009-08-23: 15:38
ppinho Amazing!Thanks for sharing! :)
ppinho · 2009-08-23: 18:06
nssco50 Fantastic set and captures:))
nssco50 · 2009-08-23: 23:24
smithapnair Wow! Great set! I remember, once seeing them in some movie and did not think it was real. I thought they made this put for the story :)
Thanks for sharing, this is wonderful :)
smithapnair · 2009-08-24: 05:11
????? i've seen them before, amazing aren't they. Fab set!!
????? · 2009-08-24: 06:41
Nychthemeron interesting set, thanks for sharing!
Nychthemeron · 2009-08-24: 12:54
relee Very interesting~Great shots :))
relee · 2009-08-24: 13:28
????? Isn't that incredible! Lots of great shots! Well done.
????? · 2009-08-24: 13:55
Kamykcz very intresting set my friend :)
Kamykcz · 2009-08-24: 16:00
SunFlower1990 Interesting. Thanks for sharing.
SunFlower1990 · 2009-08-24: 20:18
sarahnadesarah These are awesome! So jealous you got to see those in person.
sarahnadesarah · 2009-08-24: 21:06
Arie Very interesting.
Arie · 2009-08-25: 12:28
Sprilly20 wow! i always find historical stuff like this so interesting
Sprilly20 · 2009-08-25: 18:14
gwena good set,
gwena · 2009-08-30: 04:14
kitegypsy I am confused as to how you managed to get those amazing shots... when i was there, we weren't allowed to take any photos inside the building... did you actually take these yourself???
kitegypsy · 2009-08-31: 08:49
????? What an amazing set!! Thanks so much for sharing...
????? · 2009-09-11: 14:14
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