Emperor Qin Tomb and the Terracotta Warriors


Katelin VonFeldt, Reporter

The Start of  Emperor Qin Shi Huang

Emperor Qin Shi Huang, also called Mausoleum was the emperor of China in 221 BC when he was only 13 years old. Over his lifetime he was very successful, he studied Weights and measures , and built a single standardized writing script. He also built the Great Wall of china.


The Build Begins

Later in his life he began to build a  massive underground necropolis filled with monuments, artifacts and an army of over 8,000 soldiers. This Army is still standing today in precise formation. This Army is split across into seven pits, one that contains a force of 6, 000 soldiers each waying several hundred pounds. The second pit had 130 War chariots and over 600 horses. The third pit is a high command and the 4th contains an empty pit. The rest contain acrobats, musicians, workers, beneficials, and exotic animals. One mile away from this tomb lives Emperor Qin Shi Huang. His tomb holds many Treasures and artifacts that is why it has not been opened at all because it might fall. All the figurines were sculpted by terracotta, a form of baked Earth, like a type of reddish brown clay. This project took over 720,000 workers that were commanded by the king. These Warriors had different hairstyles, different ears, different weapons, and different expressions which made them each unique.


The Big Find   

But his most stunning project first came to light in 1974 when farmers uncovered strange figures while digging a well near the old Chinese capital of Xianyang. It then revealed  huge pits harboring several thousand warriors, presumably meant to protect the emperor for eternity. These statues were unlike anything ever uncovered before in China.