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Christmas 2006 (1/07)

Basketballs bounce in Xi'an

Zhangye, a deeper look (7/06)

China comes to Virginia (7/06)

Winter Conference 

Happy Birthday, Amity, 
Part 1

Part 2 (11/05)

Bringing Sunshine,
Part 1

Part 2 (10/05)

Summer 2005: (7/05)

Needed: China volunteers

Bluefield College in China

Lantern Festival (2/05)

Village of God (2/05)

Summer 2004:

FBC Richmond (5/20)

Opposites attract (5/26)

Mission Impossible (5/24)

Rules for a new mother (10/24)

Brocade Museum (10/24)

Barbara Diggs at NIM (4/4)

Fujian Earthen Houses (2/14)

Zhangzhou Puppets (2/14)

Merry Christmas

JIE's 50th Anniversary

Oral English Competition

Sam's Page

Virginia Baptists arrive for 2002 SEP, Shanghai - Nanjing

Part 2: in Jining, the program begins

Inner Mongolia's grasslands

Baotou and Wudang Temple

Abby and Sarah in Xi'an

Discovering the Nestorian Pagoda

Eating Zongzi June, 2002

Mary Washington comes to China, Part 1
Part 2 May/June 2002

Xi'an May 2002
Terracotta soldiers
   The Nestorian tablet





Terracotta soldiers

The famous terracotta soldiers were discovered in the 1970s by some farmers digging a well. The discovery set off a massive archaeological excavation which is still going on.

I was there during the May Day holiday, which accounted for the heavy crowding, but I suspect most days have a large number of visitors. The original Quonset hut shelter which covers the original pit is still the most important. There are two other excavation sites, but they don't contain anything like this spectacular display.

The location of the tomb is about an hour outside of the city. The tomb itself has not been excavated, only the area containing the terracotta soldiers, who were supposedly intended to protect the emperor in the netherworld. It has been determined that the soldiers were originally realistically colored.

Marauding soldiers from rival troops supposedly broke into the area housing the soldiers, destroying many and setting fire to the logs providing the protective cover. This led to the severe deterioration which the archaeologists discovered.