The Terracotta Army was discovered in 1974 by local farmers digging for a well in Xi'an, China. The army was buried with the first emperor of China, Ch'in Shi Huang-ti. Their purpose was to help him rule another empire in the afterlife. There are more than 8,000 soldiers. No two are the same!
Ch'in Shi Huang-ti was thirteen years old when he became ruler of Qin. That's when he ordered the construction of the Terracotta Warriors. The construction lasted until his death– nearly thirty-seven years!
Ch'in-Shi Huang-ti's significant contributions include beginning construction of the Great Wall of China, standardizing Chinese units of measurements and currency, and unifying Chinese script.