Terra Cotta Warriors at the Franklin Institute Review - Don't Miss Your Chance!

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When you enter Terra Cotta Warriors of the First Emperor, you embark on a journey, through over 2200 years of history.  Benjamin Franklin, the museum's namesake, lived in what we rightly, as Americans, think of as the distant past.  But Franklin lived less than 300 years ago!  In contrast, the First Emperor lived in the third century B.C., 22 centuries ago - seven times as much time has passed from his time to ours.

We recommend that you take in the IMAX film, Mysteries of China,which plays four times a day, before you view the exhibit.  It tells in thrilling cinematography, the saga from ancient China to the present day and the story of this astounding archaeological find.  

It happened by serendipitous accident in 1974, when farmers searching for a water source to dig a well, accidentally unearthed the head of a Terra Cotta Warrior.  Over the ensuing four-plus decades, archaeologists have been painstakingly piecing together the mystery of the First Emperor's necropolis.

This process is arguably the world's greatest-ever archeological discovery, as it continues to yield its innermost secrets, year after year after year.  As archaeological technologies have steadily improved since the initial find, so have the abilities of historians and archaeologists to fully understand the ramifications of the discovery of the necropolis, by far the largest in the world.

You will have the opportunity to see ten statues, mostly soldiers of varying military ranks and functions. Their armor and clothing reveal their status in the army.  But the Emperor had more than just war on his mind for the afterlife - there is a court official and a figure who may have been responsible for taking care of the menagerie of terra cotta birds that were also found in the tomb.   

There are also 160 artifacts, mostly from the Qin dynasty of the First Emperor, but also from the Warring States era (which he ended, by conquering them and unifying China) and the famous Han dynasty that followed, which ruled for 400 years after the Emperor's dynasty fell.

The exhibit closes Sunday, March 4, although additional hours have been made available, due to unprecedented demand.  So don't miss your opportunity to see these incredible cultural treasures.

For more information, you can go to the Franklin Institute's web site at www.fi.edu