The Terracotta Army marches into Madrid

On its world tour, the greatest archeological find of the 20th century makes a stop in Madrid, Spain, for an exhibition full of history. This traveling exhibition will be presented at the Fernan Gomez Centro Cultural de la Villa and will show the history behind one of the most important archaeological discoveries of all time – the Terracotta Army.

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Discovered in Xian, this army consists of a set of over 7,000 life-sized terracotta figures of warriors and horses which were buried with the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, in 210-209 B.C. The army was created to serve the emperor in the afterlife.

Since they were discovered in 1974, these statues have continued to surprise people around the globe due to their sheer size and excellent condition. In the year 1987, UNESCO declared them a World Cultural Heritage, and in 2010, the official excavation team, led by archaeologist Xu Weihong, received the Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences.

This exhibition gives visitors the chance to learn all about the archaeological process and life in imperial China of the period. Like all the other figures that were unearthed, each of the warriors on display is unique: there are young soldiers and old, with varying hairstyles and facial hair, the features of different ethnic groups and clothing and weapons depending on their status and role.

The exhibition will run from November 13, 2013 to March 2, 2014. For more information, go to www.guerrerosdexian.com

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November 15, 2013 · admin · Comments Closed
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