The Terracotta Army, a mysterious collection of sculptures dating back to 210 BC, has been an enduring enigma since its discovery in 1974. Now, with the help of 21st century technology, the life size warriors are making a comeback and revealing secrets hidden for millennia. This incredible archaeological find can be experienced in the documentary “Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses” — an incredible journey that will take viewers back in time and uncover mysteries left unsolved for centuries.
The terracotta army was discovered by some local farmers in Lintong District in Xi’an, Shaanxi province near the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor. It consists of over 8,000 life-size terracotta figures depicting a vast army assembled by Qin Shi Huang — China’s first emperor — to protect him from beyond the grave. Each figure is incredibly detailed right down to facial expressions reflecting individual personalities and weapons held by each soldier.
This remarkable archaeological find dates from an era when artisans had yet to discover metal tools or machinery; all the figures were made entirely by hand using only clay and wooden tools. The sheer magnitude of this project also reveals much about Chinese civilization at that time — it took more than 700,000 workers over 38 years just to build the mausoleum complex where these pieces were unearthed!
The documentary “Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses” takes viewers on a fascinating journey through this ancient world, offering insight into how these remarkable terracotta sculptures were crafted as well as what they tell us about Chinese culture two thousand years ago. Along the way, stunning imagery allows viewers to experience this remarkable archaeological find up close through 3D reenactment scenes reconstructing battles between powerful armies as well as other captivating moments from long ago. Whether you’re an aspiring historian or simply curious about what lies beneath our feet, “Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses” is sure to entertain and inspire.