Fast Fact Monday

This month has flown by and with it your knowledge of all things terra cotta must have swelled immensely. Here are a few more facts to get you ready for the day you encounter Jeopardy’s “Terra Cotta Warriors” category.

1. The warriors guarded the east side of the tomb from enemies, while mountains and rivers served as natural barriers against attack from the other directions.
2. Each terra cotta horse has a saddle on its back, but there are no stirrups to help steady the rider.
3. Although markings on the coins found in the tomb indicate that each weighed eight grams, the coins are slightly different sizes and weights.
4. The First Emperor started building his tomb as soon as he became king of the state of Qin.
5. It is estimated that the tomb contains over 7,000 warriors, more than 600 horses, and 100 chariots.

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