Pit 1, Terra Cotta Warriors

I finally made it to the last and largest excavation site.  There was a certain “wow” effect when you walked through the front door and came up to the edge of the viewing area.  It was indeed a massive place.  The soldiers lined up by the thousands.  I tried to imagine what it was like 1800 years ago as thousands of laborers worked to install and then bury these stone replica soldiers.

Each of the Terra Cotta soldiers was vividly painted and carried weapons; in the empty hands of the soldiers, you can see where a wooden polled halberd was placed.  Over the years, the wood decayed but the soldiers remained.

On the sides of the walls between the soldiers you can see the grooves where the supporting logs were placed that formed the roofs of the burial chambers.

As I walked along the side of the massive excavation building, I looked back and shot a photo of the entrance.  It should help give some scale to how massive the place was.  The next photo is a composite of three shots I made from the entrance.  I’ll never travel without my SLR + wide angle lense ever again…

Towards the back of the exhibit I was able to get down close to the soldiers as they were originally placed.  It was an amazing experience and a fulfillment of a dream I’ve had for over 30 years…


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