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Snapshots

  1. buried deep

    Snapshot Title: buried deep
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Terra Cotta Army, Xi'an, China
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    The flat area is close to the original surface elevation. One can appreciate the effort involved in uncovering this site (and it is only one of several known to be the same size! The excavating is ...



  2. unexcavated portion

    Snapshot Title: unexcavated portion
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Terra Cotta Army, Xi'an, China
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    When the layers of the dense earth are picked away, an unexcavated portion of the site shows the jumbled and broken pieces of the army as they emerge from the soil. Pieces are meticulously extracted ...



  3. separate pieces

    Snapshot Title: separate pieces
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Terra Cotta Army, Xi'an, China
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    The warriors are made up of parts formed in molds --- legs, torso, arms and head are all separate. Although all archers, calvary or infantry share the same bodies, the heads were individualized by ad...



  4. imprints of the roof's tree trunks

    Snapshot Title: imprints of the roof's tree trunks
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Terra Cotta Army, Xi'an, China
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    Originally, the soldiers were free standing under a canopy of tree trunks which formed a roof over the army. When buried, the trunks rotted or were destroyed by looters who lit fires in the undergrou...



  5. horses

    Snapshot Title: horses
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Terra Cotta Army, Xi'an, China
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    Chinese army horses were quite diminutive at the time. Although entire wooden chariots were buried along with the terra cotta soldiers, the wood has long since rotted away in the earth --- only imprin...