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The Unknown Soldier

The Terracotta Army was buried with the Emperor of Qin (Qin Shi Huangdi) in 210-209 BC. The terracotta figures are life-like and life-sized, and no two figures are alike. They vary in height, uniform and hairstyle in accordance with rank. Emporer Qin ruled from 247 BC to 221 BC, and his rule culminated in the unification of China in 221 BC. The Terracotta Army was discovered in March 1974 by local farmers drilling a water well. In addition to the warriors, an entire man-made necropolis for the emperor has been excavated. The emporers tomb remains unexcavated, According to ancient records, he was buried with an unprecidented treasure trove, including a scale replica of the universe complete with gemmed ceilings representing the cosmos, and flowing mercury representing the great earthly bodies of water. Recent scientific work at the site has shown high levels of mercury in the soil next to his burial mound, tentatively corroberating this legend.


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Uploaded on November 5, 2007