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Terracotta Wonder

By MalcolmS  
The Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses are the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century. Work is ongoing at this site, which is around 1.5 kilometers east of Emperor Qin Shi Huang's Mausoleum, Lintong County, Shaanxi Province.
Upon ascending the throne at the age of 13 (in 246 BC), Qin Shi Huang, later the first Emperor of all China, had begun to work for his mausoleum. It took 11 years to finish. It is speculated that many buried treasures and sacrificial objects had accompanied the emperor in his after life. A group of peasants uncovered some pottery while digging for a well nearby the royal tomb in Array in Pit 11974. It caught the attention of archeologists immediately. They came to Xian in droves to study and to extend the digs. They had established beyond doubt that these artifacts were associated with the Qin Dynasty (211-206 BC).

This is the first but undoubtedly won't be the last upload from this awesome location. The shot has had the right side cropped to remove some unwanted detail and provide a better comp.

The was shot with the canon 70-300m IS lens hand held, in case anyone out there is thinking of purchasing one.

Tags: General China Flowers and plants Xian Landscape and travel Terracotta army

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Glostopcat 16 255 2 England
25 Oct 2008 5:35PM
Excellent detail in this one Malcolm, very different from your usual stuff
lonely_oryx 15 61 55 England
25 Oct 2008 5:38PM
First time I have seen a single portrait of these warriors. Interesting shot
RuthyJ 16 England
25 Oct 2008 5:47PM
Wonderful!! Love the light on the face. The history is fascinating, look forward to further images of this amazing terracotta army.
Something I would love to go and see.
KatieR 18 6.2k 6
25 Oct 2008 6:03PM
Subtle lighting brings out the details. Fascinating subjects.
Mynett 14 142 6 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2008 6:09PM
lovely shot, sorry we missed to see these, so look forward to further uploads
Mounters 16 85 2 England
25 Oct 2008 6:15PM
Great commentary and superb shot. Less is more
TelStar 17 116 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2008 7:02PM
Lovely earthiness and superb detail.

casson 16 3 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2008 7:28PM
Superb detail in this and nice narrative
JouŠo 18 56 Finland
25 Oct 2008 7:42PM

Glynn 16 1.2k 1 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2008 8:59PM
Now here is something that i really would love to see. Great detail and so very well exposed Malcolm.

KBan 17 512 4 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2008 11:21PM
cracking deta Malcolml and hand held!!!
dawnmichelle 15 12 United States
25 Oct 2008 11:32PM
terrific shot and enjoyed the write up
rontear Plus
19 23 9 England
25 Oct 2008 11:58PM
Never got to see them here in the UK. Fascinating image Malcolm. Ron.
TyChee 17 275 1 United States
26 Oct 2008 1:29AM
Love the light and detail in this.
sunshot 17 24 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2008 7:58AM
superb write up for a wonderful shot malcolm

ChrisOs 17 3 1 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2008 4:07PM
Another great shot from China. Well exposed, lit, composed and a very comprehensive description. Was that a Canon lens?
26 Oct 2008 7:02PM
What more can one say but what a great shot, Malcolm.
Chant57 16 395 3 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2008 7:13PM
An excellent narrative Malcolm, I particularly like the dof in this image which makes the figure stand out, good detail in the figure too, and a very nice sense of texture
C_Daniels 17 399 10 England
26 Oct 2008 7:49PM
Like the tones Malc and depth of field,
dianah 16 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2008 12:52PM
Thank you so much for the info Malcolm. This is a brilliant shot..the colours and tones are wonderful.
Sahyadri 14 61 2 India
28 Oct 2008 7:02PM
i certainly am jelous of you now Smile
28 Oct 2008 7:26PM
Wonderful detail
kinfatric 18 550 9 Scotland
29 Oct 2008 6:58PM
a wonderful image and narrative Malcolm, a place of great interest.
brownsilent 15 7 2 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2008 9:42PM
Nice close up of one of these 8000 wonders,
madbob 17 1 United Kingdom
3 Nov 2008 7:56AM
ace story good image
5 Nov 2008 11:08AM
Great detail Malcolm, do we read or just look at your uploads! I do both and it certainly adds to your images. David
Pegon 17 78 1 England
6 Nov 2008 10:56PM
Nice light and texture captured here Malcolm. Interesting info too.

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