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NOVA: Emperor’s Ghost Army

Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV / On Demand

Row of terracotta warriors, Pit One, TAM.

Credit: Courtesy of Lion Television

Above: Row of terracotta warriors, Pit One, TAM.

Investigate how and why life-sized terracotta statues were made for Emperor Qin Shi Huang of China

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To defend himself in the afterlife, the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, was buried in a vast mausoleum accompanied by around 9,000 life-sized terracotta statues.

With exclusive access to groundbreaking new research, NOVA investigates the secrets of how and why the astonishing figures were made and the technology behind the still lethal and highly-advanced crossbows, spears, and swords carried by the clay warriors on "Emperor's Ghost Army."

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In central China, a vast underground mausoleum conceals a life-size terracotta army of cavalry, infantry, horses, chariots, weapons, administrators, acrobats, and musicians, all built to serve China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang Di, in the afterlife. Lost and forgotten for over 2,200 years, this clay army, 8,000-strong, stands poised to help the First Emperor rule again beyond the grave.

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