Nature Screen: Emperor’s Ghost Army
In central China, local farmers digging for water in 1974 stumbled upon one of the most stunning archaeological finds of the 20th Century: a terracotta army estimated at 8,000-strong. A mausoleum concealing a life-size terracotta army of cavalry, infantry, horses, chariots, weapons, administrators, acrobats, and musicians, all built to serve China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang Di, in the afterlife.
Lost and forgotten for over 2,200 years, this clay army stands poised to help the First Emperor rule again beyond the grave. Now, a new archaeological campaign is probing the thousands of figures entombed in the mausoleum. With exclusive access to pioneering research, Emperor's Ghost Army reveals how the Emperor directed the manufacture of the tens of thousands of bronze weapons carried by the clay soldiers including lethal crossbows engineered with astonishing precision.