Representing Warriors
EKA 02 - 25 - 2010

It is curious to think that back in the late seventies a farmer digging a well discovered what has become known as the eighth wonder of the world. The terra cotta warriors consist of more than eight thousand figures and three pits; they are there to protect the former emperor and the concurred lands of China. Each warrior is unique to itself and represents different positions in the army. The pits contain similarly ranked men and the ranks increase with each pit. Pit One includes the most figures that are at the the lowest rung on the military ladder. Pit Two has calavary and infantry and Pit Three includes the generals. The layout of the complex has significant meaning that relates back to the emperor. The first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang di, worked hard to unify different states and lands into what is modern day China. He also considered protection and immortality very important. Due to these two factors, the emperor comissioned projects like the Great Wall and the warriors. The warriors were built for personal reasons (the emperor was terrified of death). This fear of death caused the Emperor to also worried about his afterlife. Since his search for immortality was proving to be unsuccessful he surrounded his tomb with a reconstruction of his army. Rows upon rows of soliders underground can be found in pit one. The soliders are only a few meters down, and originally protected from the elements with a wooden roof. The second and third pits are much deeper and smaller but they include soliders of a higher rank. The higher ranking pits are naturally closer to the emperor's tomb because the soliders are more skilled. While the second and third pit contained less soliders (than #1) the collapsing roof distroyed many of the warriors only leaving a puzzle of peices for the archeologists. But on the other hand some of the more well preserved warriors have been found in pit three. The Terra Cotta Warriors is a recent discovery that has helped give us a wonderful insite to one of the early rulers of China. The larger image depicts the archer, this is one of the only well preserved archers that they found. The smaller image shows the plans and the sections of each of the pits found.

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