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18. The Terracotta Army

The Terracotta Army is an amazing collection of life size terracotta warriors and horses which were found in the burial ground of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, the first  emperor of China. 

There are about 8000 warriors, 100 chariots, 400 horses and more than 100,000 weapons found so far.

Terracotta is a type of clay. It took thousands of men many years to make the army and they must have used an awful lot of clay.



The Chinese for the Terracotta Army is 

兵 马 俑 bīngmǎyǒng   


Use any modelling clay or plasticine and make at least two small terracotta warriors. When you make them, make sure that each one looks different. The real terracotta clay models all had different hair, faces and clothing.


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