Most Mysterious Archaeological Discoveries In History

Terracotta Army

8. Terracotta Army

Sometime in 1974, local farmers of Lintong District, Shaanxi in China discovered an army of Terracotta sculptures. The sculpture collection of 8,000 soldiers, 520 horses, 150 cavalry horses, and 130 chariots is a depiction of the armies of the first emperor of China – Qin Shi Huang.

The massive army is a form of funerary art as the sculptures were buried with the emperor in 210-209 BCE. It is believed that the army was buried with the emperor in the 3rd century in order to protect him in his afterlife.

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