The farmers in this area had routinely come across terracotta clay fragments as they worked their fields and had sold many bronze arrowheads they also discovered to the recycling station.
Some time later a Lintong county official responsible for cultural relics learnt that a large number of terracotta fragments had been found and rushed to the site and asked the farmers to collect the fragments of heads, torsos, arms and legs they had recovered and pile them into three trucks, before taking them to Lintong Museum and attempting to reconstruct the fragments into their original statues.
Guarded by an army of more than 6,000 life-size terra cotta soldiers, the emperor’s tomb would remain hidden for more than 2,200 years after his death.
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