The Teracotta Warriors

The Terracotta Warriors will return to the UK in 2018 as part of a major new exhibition to be staged at Liverpool’s World Museum.

The exhibition will be the first time in more than 30 years that Class 1 National Cultural Treasures from the tomb of China’s first Emperor, Qin Shihuangdi, will be brought to a museum in the UK outside London.

The exhibition will run for at least six months between February and October 2018 and will give visitors the opportunity to learn about Qin Shihuangdi, the first Emperor of China, who ruled between 221 and 206 BC.

The exhibition will also explain how the vast burial complex of the Terracotta Warriors was first discovered near Xi’an in north west China in 1974.

Artefacts and research relating to the formative years of the Chinese nation, from the pre-unification Qin Kings (307 to 221 BC) to the first Emperor’s legacy in the Han Dynasty (206BC to 220AD) will also be on display.

Secretary of State for culture, media and sport, Karen Bradley said: “The Terracotta Army represents one of the most significant archaeological excavations of the 20th century, and I am delighted that a selection of the warriors will be coming to Liverpool, for the first time in 2018. I am sure that the exhibition will be very warmly received by the people of Merseyside and beyond as Britain welcomes back the Terracotta Warriors.”

About the Terracotta Warriors

Since 1974, archaeologists have unearthed more than 8,000 life-sized Terracotta Warriors near Xi’an - each with individual clothing, hair and facial features – and have located more than 600 pits around the Emperor’s mausoleum, covering an area of 22 square miles.

The exact reason for the warriors’ existence is in debate. Most people believe that the emperor wanted to take an army with him into the afterlife. However there are other theories, too.

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