Yin chariots moving in the dead world
Pit 2 contains fourteen hundred elite
troops of life scale, including cavalrymen, infantry,
horses and ninety wooden chariots.
Yin soldiers guarding the dead emperor
Six thousand yin soldiers stand
in formation in Pit 1, guarding the city of the dead.
About thirty years ago, with the help of the farmers in
the outskirts of China’s ancient capital city Xi’an, one
of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the last
century was made. A hidden palace had been located and
some of the terra-cotta foot soldiers, cavalrymen, infantry
stationed in three underground wooden vaults were unearthed.
For more than two thousand years this yin army
faithfully guarded the city of the dead that includes a
palace, an armoury, an imperial park, two layers of city
walls and a drainage system.
More than twenty years later, in 1998, another major archaeological
breakthrough occurred around the hidden palace. In a huge
pit between the
inner and outer retaining walls, about a thousand stone
helmets, armours, horse reins, bronze weapons were unearthed.
The structures in the pit are made of timber and earth,
and at each of the four corners there is a 14 metre long
ramped. Evidently the site was served as the military supply
It is believed that the workmen made the terra-cotta soldiers
according to the real people who once were warriors of
the First Emperor, and that the overall arrangement was
carefully fashioned to resemble the formation of the real
battle array. As the depot is situated closely behind the
troops, it is a clear sign that the Qin’s army already
used field depot to support their military forces on the
But what make this latest discovery most remarkable are
those white stone fragments scattering on the ground, which
now have been confirmed as the broken pieces of the soldiers’
helmets. Previously it was believed that helmets did not
appear in Chinese army until the Han Dynasty.
Since then another seven years past and time entered September
2006. On a Saturday afternoon, a third discovery was made.
This time the fellas who first spotted something unusual
are not farmers digging for water, nor are archaeologists
digging for articles, but the security guards patrolling
the Pit No. 1.
At 2 pm, September 16, without warning a previously unknown
terra-cotta yin soldier manifested into life and
took the position in the pit by storm.
The yang guards on the ground were shocked. Clearly
didn’t want anything to upset the yin-yang balance
in the exhibition hall, they also jumped into the pit pursuiting
that alien presence. Two minutes later, the freshly
strengthened yin formation was broken up and the
Emperor’s new warrior was dismissed from the rank.
It turned out that this extra foot soldier was not made
of terra-cotta to start with, then he did not belong to
the yin world, and finally, he was not even a
German warrior: Hi guys, I come to
boost your presence.
Chinese warrior: Give the password
Discharged from the First Emperor’s army
A terra-cotta fan, this German acting art student studying
at a Huangzhou college had plotted the act for quite some
time. He took the trouble to survey the site, craft the
armour and paint his face before jumping into the pit.
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