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Terracotta Warriors

History, Mystery and the Latest Discoveries

Edward Burman



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Weidenfeld & Nicolson
13 February 2018
A history of the famous Terracotta Army in Xi'an, China, exploring what we now know about it, what we still do not know and the theories that surround its creation.

Terracotta Warriors provides an intriguing, original and up-to-date account of one of the wonders of the ancient world. Illustrated with a wealth of original photographs, this is the first book available for the general reader which incorporates the most recent excavations, new theories and discoveries.

In one of the most astounding archaeological discoveries of all time, the Terracotta Warriors were discovered by chance by farmers in 1974. We now understand that the excavated pits containing nearly eight thousand warriors and hundreds of horses are only part of a much grander mausoleum complex. There is a great deal still to be discovered and understood about the entire area whichis now thought to cover around 100 square kilometres. And there is the tantalising possibility of the opening of the imperial tomb.

With unique access to the leading Chinese archaeologists and historians - including the full support of the Shaanxi Provincial Cultural Relics Bureau, responsible for all archaeological sites and museums in the province - Burman is able to guide us through the ancient Chinese concept of longevity and the afterlife, essential to an understanding of the mausoleum. We can see as never before how the Terracotta Warriors strongly represent the fascinating circumstances in which they lived.
By:   Edward Burman
Imprint:   Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 157mm,  Width: 234mm,  Spine: 24mm
Weight:   460g
ISBN:   9781474606097
ISBN 10:   1474606091
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   13 February 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Edward Burman was born in Cambridge and holds a degree in Philosophy and Fine Art from the University of Leeds. From 1999-2012 he was a non-executive director of a London-based listed investment company, and in 2006 set up a company for them in Beijing, which also had a branch office in Xi'an (since closed). Since then he has usually visited Xi'an once a month. He has also taught part-time in universities in England, Italy and China, but is now mainly devoting himself to books and films. He has published eighteen books in all, mainly in the UK and the USA. His most recent book was published in a Chinese translation by Shaanxi People's Press in late 2015. It was published in the original English in March 2016 as Xi'an Through European Eyes: A Cultural History in the Year of the Horse. Since 2014 Edward has been a Trustee of the Xi'an City Wall Heritage Foundation; he is the only foreign trustee.

Reviews for Terracotta Warriors: History, Mystery and the Latest Discoveries

Tell[s] us a great deal that is fascinating about the figures and the Emperor who ordered them to be built -- Nick Rennison * Daily Mail * Edward Burman examines the most up-to-date theories about these extraordinary artefacts -- Arminta Wallace * Irish Times *

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