The Terracotta Warriors are a household name to millions around the world. But how did the ancient craftsmen create something never done before. Today, science is making new discoveries that is blowing away our image of these word-famous wonders. Watch as the NGC team visits the site of the ceramic army of around 8,000 life-sized warriors, created to protect Emperor Qin on his journey into the afterlife.
The army of clay infantry, archers, generals and cavalry was first discovered by archaeologists in 1974 after farmers digging a well outside the Chinese city of Xian unearthed pieces of clay sculpted in human form. Poised for battle, each warrior has a unique facial expression and is positioned according to rank. Further excavations have revealed swords, arrow tips, and other weapons, many in pristine condition.
It was one of the world’s greatest archaeological discoveries, the warriors date back more than two thousand years. But what was the purpose of this army of clay soldiers? Who ordered its construction? How were they created? This documentary film investigates the story behind China’s Terracotta Warriors and documents their return to former glory for the first time.