A must see! The museum of the “Big Dig” is a site open to the public since 1979. This is the website of Xi’an. In 1974, farmers digging a well made the archaeological discovery of the century: a fabulous army of 8,000 clay warriors standing guard around the first emperor Qin Shi Huangdi.
For the moment, there are three pits were identified: the first in 1974, second in 1980 and third in 1994. But they are only partially. Because when the pits were open company, the Chinese were amazed by the beauty of these statues all painted with different fineness. But after three days long fled the paintings did not survive contact with the air. The Chinese were very surprised when the disaster and stopped digging. This is why you can see many mounds are preserved sheeted or other soldiers including the first pit. It is estimated that it took thirty years of work, and more than 700,000 people to carry the clay army which was to accompany the emperor on his last journey to the kingdom of the dead. Chinese archaeologists believe that the three pits discoveries are part of an even larger, but the excavation of the entire site will take decades. (a model of the entire mausoleum used to assess the extent of the site).
- Travel in Xi’an (tripsinchina.wordpress.com)