Monday, November 9, 2009

Terra Cotta Warriors

As many of you know, our sixth grade social studies classes study world history.  Included in the curriculum is a study of ancient China.  Mrs. Miller, our sixth grade social studies teacher, wanted to let students, past, present and future, know about an exciting once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

A selection of artifacts from one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th century, China's Qin Shihuangdi's famed Terra Cotta Army, will be exhibited at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C. from November 19, 2009 until March 31, 2010. The exhibit includes 20 Level 1 artifacts ( highest ranking in terms of rarity and value). This is the largest number of artifacts of this kind China has ever allowed to travel abroad.There will be 14 human based terra cotta figures, including a horse and two replica chariots ( the gold ones are forbidden to leave China).

The terra-cotta army of Qin Shihuangdi was buried to protect the emperor in his afterlife. It was discovered in 1974 and is still under excavation. Each year two million people travel to China to view the army. Woodglen School's sixth graders study Ancient China and this important treasure.

National Geographic Musuem
1145 17th Street NW ( at M Street)
Washington, D.C. 202-857-7588

You can find more information about this exhibit at the National Geographic website:

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