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In Moscow, the soldiers come for the Emperor of China

June 14 2006

In Moscow, the first time came the famous "terracotta army", created by order of the first emperor of ancient China. The State Historical Museum opens the exhibition, which will be presented about 80 pieces, "Clay troops."

Unique archaeological finds discovered by accident in the spring of 1974 in the outskirts of the city Xian in northern Shaanxi Province. Peasants digging a well came upon fragments of terra-cotta figures of soldiers in full combat gear. Came to the place, archaeologists excavated figure with combat bows, halberds and swords. There were also figures of chariots drawn by four horses.

Figures of warriors, horses and chariots are made by hand by ancient masters in full scale. Each figure has its own unique features, no person shall be repeated, all the details carefully worked out.

"Their history dates back to 2 century BC, when they were created to" protect "the tomb of the legendary Emperor Qin Shi Huang," - said the museum specialists.

The exhibition, which opens in Russia on the eve of years of Chinese culture, has already visited Germany, Hong Kong, Mexico, France and Monaco, said STRC Culture.

As noted by NTV, the excavations on the site of detection "terracotta army" is still going on. Archaeologists have learned already about two thousand pieces, but it is believed that there are at least four times. The Warriors were in the afterlife protect the Emperor, who united China and built the Great Wall of China.

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