No doubt thousands of statues still remain to be
unearthed at this archaeological site, which was not discovered until
1974. Qin (d. 210 B.C.), the first unifier of China, is buried,
surrounded by the famous terracotta warriors, at the centre of a complex
designed to mirror the urban plan of the capital, Xianyan. The small
figures are all different; with their horses, chariots and weapons, they
are masterpieces of realism and also of great historical interest.