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Even more than 2,000 years after his reign, Emperor Qin Shi Huang of the Qin Dynasty has left treasures worth billions to be discovered in his tomb, buried more than 114 underground and rumoured to contain running rivers of poisonous mercury.
That’s not the only thing protecting one of China’s most powerful emperors from being disturbed from his slumber. Protecting the tomb of the Emperor is a multi-billion-dollar Terracotta Army in a model of a subterranean city. Scientists and archaeologists have uncovered bronze weapons, chariots and thousands of clay warriors and horses. These Terracotta Warriors are vast in numbers and were once bright and colorful. Their weapons are still sharp and they reach heights of up to 2 meters.
Unearthing the Emperor’s army is one of the most vast archeological discoveries in the world, but his tomb has yet to be excavated because the technology to do so safely just doesn’t exist. According to Chinese historians, there are palaces, riches, and traps waiting for those who dare to enter. It’s no surprise that one of China’s richest rulers would have such an epic burial spot. The Mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang is only one of his most epic construction projects– he was also the emperor who led the construction of The Great Wall of China, estimated to have cost more than $95 billion today. Let’s explore the Terracotta Army that protects the Tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, and discover what could be buried within the Emperor’s mysterious Mausoleum.
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Written by: Courtney Hayes
Narrated by: Adam Newmark
Edited and animated by: Nikita Bereznev
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00:46 Exploring the Terracotta Army
02:37 Inside the Tomb of Qin Shi Huang
04:10 The wealth of the Emperor”