Monday, December 22, 2008

Terracotta Soldiers

As seeing the Great Wall was for Jerry, seeing the terracotta warriors was the highlight of the trip for me.

The first pit discovered was an accidental discovery by a farmer who was digging a well. Apparently, many terracotta pieces had been discovered earlier by other farmers who felt the pieces were bad luck and discarded them. This farmer, though, informed the government of his find and the rest, as they say, is history.


The largest pit is Pit 1 and it is the most reconstructed. For the archeologists working on this it has been a jigsaw puzzle, putting together the pieces of soldiers and horses that have been found in the pit. To me it was an overwhelming display. Every soldier’s facial features were different. They had different clothing and different hairstyles. The only consistent feature were the feet as the ‘warriors’ were constructed bottom heavy so they would stand.

The first thing that hit me as we entered the museum was the sheer volume. It is huge! The second thing that hits you is the dust from the red soil. Pit 1 is still being worked on as is Pit 2 and Pit 3. And there are suspicions that even more pits exist.

I had a few surprises. One, as mentioned, is the size of the pit. I was also surprised to find out that there statues of horses. I didn’t know that and had assumed there were only the warriors. With a walkway all the way around the pit, it was easy to get multiple views and I really couldn’t get enough of it. I could have hung over the rail and stared for hours.

The one negative part of this visit was the luncheon we were served. It was awful. I was hungry so stayed and ate but, in retrospect, should have left and just gone back to Pit 1 to continue to ‘absorb’ the spectacle there.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A great discovery....