Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Terracotta Soldiers

The world has a few places that really live up to their hype. Things you hear about way too much, but then you go and you suddenly and completely understand why you heard so much. Places where when you are there all you keep saying over and over again is, "wow this is amazing."

And the terracotta soldiers is one such site. Thousands of terracotta soldiers and hundreds of horses were discovered in a farmer's field in 1974. They are still digging them up and piecing them together. It is incredible to think that they remained hidden for so long.

Oh yeah, and every face is different. Seriously, if you were going to build a terracotta army, would you bother to make the faces different? That is just crazy.

I will now give you the advice that most people gave me prior to visiting the site: start with pit 3 and work your way up to pit 1. Pit 3 was discovered last in June 1976 and it had the fewest pieces. But it gives you a nice idea of how things looked when discovered.

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The wagon wheel is just the impression -- all the wooden bits were gone when the site was discovered.

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Pit 2 is actually not as impressive of Pit 3, but they have a few soldiers behind glass that you can see closer up.

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And then you get to Pit 1 and well, it is slightly overwhelming...

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