Terra Cotta Army Illustration

Terra Cotta Army
Ancient China for Kids


In China, about 40 years ago, archaeologists made the most incredible find buried in the earth. They discovered over 6000 life-sized warriors, made of clay, buried together, standing upright, as if ready to fight a war.

Some statues are kneeling. Some have bows and arrows made of clay, drawn and ready. Some have armor made of clay. There were chariots and spears and knives and all kinds of weapons, all made of terra-cotta clay. Even their clay faces were different. Some men had moustaches. No two statues looked alike.

It was an amazing discovery!

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Qin Shi Huang's Terracotta Army

Details of warriors

More Soldiers Found in the Terra Cotta Army

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Other Dynasties

Interactive Quiz for Ancient China (with answers)