A view of relics of ancient terracotta warriors is seen in the No.2 pit of the Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum on October 24, 2007 in Lintong of Shaanxi Province, China. The pit will be shut down on November 1 for restoration. The Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC) warriors and horses, one of the world's Eighth Wonders, were discovered in 1974 on the east side of the tomb of China's first emperor Qin Shihuang near Xian. More than 8,000 clay warriors and 500 horses were buried in three pits to guard the tomb of the emperor.
The Terracotta Soldiers of Emperor Qin are extremely well known—in fact, I suspect of all the archaeological sites in the world that people could name, surely the Terracotta Soldiers would be on that list. I've always found it fascinating.
Sources and Further Information
Lawler, Andrew. 2009. Beyond the Yellow River: How China Became China. Science 325:930-943.
Yang, Xiaoneng. 2004. Chinese Archaeology in the Twentieth Century: New Perspectives on China's Past. Yale University Press, New Haven.