Professor Robert Murowchick Washington Post interview

Chinese terra cotta warriors had real, and very carefully made, weapons

By Jennifer Pinkowski, Published: November 26

The 7,000 soldiers buried with Qin Shi Huang in 210 B.C. were made of clay. But the bronze weapons the terra cotta army carried into the enormous tomb complex near Xi’an in western China were the real things: tens of thousands of swords, axes, spears, lances and crossbows, all as capable of spilling blood as anything Qin’s real army wielded when they triumphed, ending centuries of war and uniting China under a single rule for the first time. (his interview is on second page)

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