The Terracotta Warriors is part of an elaborate mausoleum created to accompany the first emperor of China into the afterlife, according to archaeologists. The Terracotta Warriors and horses were discovered accidentally when some local farmers snake a well at the foot of Mt. Lishan in 1974. Excavation was later carried on the site. They found not one, but thousands of clay soldiers, each with unique facial expressions and positioned according to their ranks. Further excavations revealed swords, arrow tips, and other weapons, many in perfect conditions.
The Terracotta Warriors are the most significant archaeological discovery of the 20th century in China. They are acclaimed to be on the same level of historical importance as the pyramids of Egypt and the sculptures of ancient Greece. The museum is a major world tourist destination.