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The Terracotta Warriors: Exploring the Most Intriguing Puzzle in Chinese History

The Terracotta Warriors: Exploring the Most Intriguing Puzzle in Chinese History (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Burman, Edward

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Exciting investigations in northwest China are about to reveal more of the mysteries of the huge mausoleum of the Qin Emperor, a portion of which was accidently discovered in 1974 by farmers who were digging a well. The second phase of an international research project began in 2...011 and is ongoing. More recently still, promising new excavations began in Pit 2, with exciting fresh discoveries already announced. The Terracotta Warriors seeks to examine one of China's most famous archaeological discoveries in light of these new findings. The book begins with the discovery of the terracotta warriors and then tells the history of the Qin Dynasty and as much as is known about the construction of the 3rd century bce mausoleum, based on the work of the historian Sima Qian (145-90 bce). He wrote that the First Emperor was buried with palaces, towers, officials, valuable artifacts, and wondrous objects. According to this account, one hundred flowing rivers were simulated using mercury; the ceiling was decorated with heavenly bodies, high above the features of the land. The new findings and the description of the mausoleum based on the quoted historical accounts suggest that the next discoveries may surpass the size and conception of the original discovery of the terracotta warriors. In the second part, Edward Burman asks: Who built it and how? He also questions the role of the terracotta warriors, who may be servants and not warriors, and what their function may have been in the afterlife. Finally, he anticipates the ongoing discoveries and describes the new methods of excavation and preservation.
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ISBN 9781643132488
Released NZ 10 Dec 2019
Publisher Pegasus Books
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Internationally sourced; ships 6-14 working days

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ISBN-13 9781643132488
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-14 working days
Publisher Pegasus Books
Imprint Pegasus Books
Released 10 Dec 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Burman, Edward
Category World History: BCE To C 500 CE
Asian / Middle Eastern History
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 18mm
Dewey Code 931.04
Weight 440g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Qin shi huang - Tomb, Terra-cotta sculpture, Chinese - Qin-Han dynasties, 221 B.C.-220 A.D, Shaanxi Sheng (China) - Antiquities, Excavations (Archaeology) - China - Shaanxi Sheng, Nonfiction
NBS Text Regional History
ONIX Text General/trade