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NOVA: Emperor's Ghost Army

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

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

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.

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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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