In 1974, farmers in China were digging a well when they found a startling discovery – a life-size torso, made out of clay.

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Life-size clay warriors found buried in a field offer a glimpse into the First Imperial Dynasty of China. The First Emperor’s burial site is one of the greatest archaeological finds in modern history and was unexpectedly found when farmers were digging a well in 1974.

“Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor” weaves the story of how a young emperor rose to power and created a massive army and powerful government through standardized practices. The exhibit details how he used manual labor for mass production of weaponry and to build his underground army, 8,000 strong, to protect him in the afterlife. Explore the archaeological work that is still happening today in those same underground pits and uncover what secrets were buried with them.

Pacific Science Center in Seattle and The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia are proud to present “Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor,” a one-of-a-kind exhibition premiering at Pacific Science Center for a limited time this spring, running April 8-Sept. 4, 2017.

Content provided in partnership by Newspapers in Education, Pacific Science Center and The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.

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