These are the famous Terracotta Warriors. Thousands of the sculptures were created during the life of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. They were buried with the emperor in 210–209 BC, whose to protect the emperor in his afterlife.
This army of life-sized terracotta soldiers was unearthed in the 1970s just outside of Xi’an, China. Estimates from 2007 were that the three unearthed pits contain more than 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses.
I’m happy to report that this summer (2017) I’ll be visiting Xidian University in Xi’an for two weeks as a guest of the School of Humanities and the Center for Cross-Cultural Studies.
I’ll be delivering a pair of public lectures and visiting with students and faculty over the course of the visit.
During the trip I’ll be taken on a two-day tour of historical sites in the region, including this incredible site.
I’m sure I’ll devote a podcast episode to the trip after I’ve returned!