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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Terra Cotta Warriors, the National Geographic Museum

We thoroughly enjoyed the Terra Cotta Warriors exhibit at the National Geographic Museum in Washington DC this week. Unfortunately photography was not permitted within the exhibit, so all I have to show you are the banners that wrap around the building depicting the site where the warriors were found in China.

Farmers were plowing their fields when they came upon a terra cotta head and alerted the authorities who set about excavating the site. What they have found to date is only 1/6th of the entire site and includes 1,000 warriors, charioteers, archers, musicians, generals, acrobats, horses and more, buried nearly 2,000 years ago to protect the tomb of China's first emperor Qin Shin Huangdi who conquered and unified the surrounding territories that eventually became the China we know today. He ruled from 246B.C. to 210 B.C. It's absolutely astounding that his reign was so short, when you learn about all that he was able to accomplish, including a reputation for being quite a tyrant.

More than 7,000 more figures still need to be unearthed. The story of this first emperor is fascinating to read, along with the artifacts on display. The exhibit will be on display until March 31st and tickets are required. The website is fun and informative as well.

The banners that wrap around the museum building depict what the actual site looks like

A replica of the warriors sits at the entrance to the exhibit

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