Were the Terracotta Warriors buried alive? Mysterious clay army found buried with Emperor Qin Shi Huang

Who were the Terracotta Warriors?

The Netflix documentary film – Mysteries of the Terracotta Warriors narrates the tragic yet surprising story of a mysterious discovery from the first Emperor of China – Qin Shi Huang’s dynasty. The documentary narrates how back in 1974, Sian peasants went to Mount Lishan to dig a new well. During the process, the peasants found strange shards which forced them to carry out excavations.

After this, Archaeologists found a few dozen old clay statues of warriors made of terracotta. It is recorded that some of these warrior statues were in a very good state while others were brutally damaged and scattered into a pile of debris.

The Archaeologists also state that after examining the statues that are in perfect condition, they all have distinguished features; a sign of excellent craftsmanship. This came to be the world’s most significant archaeological discovery which came to be called the eighth wonder of the world i.e. Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s Terracotta Army.

What did archaeologists discover inside Qin Shi Huang’s tomb?

Emperor Qin Shi Huang came to be called one of the most powerful monarchs in China. It was under Qin Shi Huang’s ministry that the construction of the Great Wall of China was initiated which protected the country from raids of barbarian tribes.

After the terracotta army of clay statues were found, archaeologists carried out excavations, with the greatest caution to avoid causing any damage to artefacts found at the site. Three phases of excavations later, it was discovered that the site had 8,099 soldiers made from burnt clay – terracotta. The warriors were arranged in three rows at a distance of 1.5 km to the east of the First Chinese Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s tomb.

Aside from the clay warriors, gems, clay horses and other artefacts, the archaeologists discovered human bones that were broken and scattered inside the tombstone. It is assumed that the bones belonged to Qin Shi Huang’s concubines who were killed after his death.

Excavations reveal that Qin Shi Huang was entombed together with 70,000 of his courtiers as well as his concubines, servants and other workers. These people were allegedly buried alive alongside the Emperor so that he would have plenty of servants and courtiers in the afterlife.

Were the Terracotta Warriors buried alive?

The 8000+ terracotta soldiers were not buried alive but rather sculptured out of clay and buried to stand guard over Qin Shi Huang in the afterlife. The warriors were made from a clay mixture that was found on Mount Lishan. Each figure of the warriors was made skillfully and each terracotta warrior has unique combat clothing as well as face style and hairstyle.

These terracotta soldiers had different facial structures which were sculptured from real people as models. It is revealed that these clay warriors were made by hand and in parts, which were subsequently assembled and then burnt which gave them the name – the Terracotta army.  Today the terracotta warriors are one of the most famous landmarks in the world.

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