The second pit was much larger than the third. I was not able to capture the width of the large warehouse-sized room with my little Sony Cyber-shot camera. Instead, I took a pair of photos and stitched them together; sooner or later I will learn how do stitch photos using Adobe Photoshop…
The soldiers were placed in long open pits and then covered with long logs, soil was then placed atop the logs and then the entire site was reburied. In this way, underground chambers were created.
The downside to this technique was that over time the logs gave way and sagged and eventually collapsed leaving the hollow soldier statues broken and crushed. However, some did survive the weight of the earth and remained intact.
Some beautiful statues and artifacts survived the 1800 years since they were buried. In this photo I took you can see a wagon wheel and the remains of a soldier statue.
Later, I would visit one of the museum exhibits that housed the horses and chariots, photos of their excavation was on display:
Unfortunately, since the Terra Cotta Warriors were unearthed, they have begun to decay; the paint that originally covered them is fading each year that they are exposed to sunlight. When originally excavated, the bright paint that covered them was still quite visible. I captured some photos of the excavation display. It is remarkable to think that thousands of these soldiers were handmade, painted, and then buried in elaborate ceremony.
I took so many photos at this site. But it is impossible to post them all. I have tried to capture the essence of my visit without missing out on anything important. Many of the original statues were on display behind glass. In this photo, one of the high-ranking generals was on display and I was able to pose next to him for a pic:
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