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  1. The Mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi 秦始皇帝 • 259 - 210 B.C.

  2. Jet • Li

  3. Brendan Fraser

  4. The Mummy: Tomb of The Dragon Emperor (2008)

  5. Almost !

  6. - Became Emperor of Qin at age 13 • - Began Unification of China at age 22 • - Became China's first Emperor at age 36 • - Began Construction of The Great Wall • - Convinced 700,000 peasants to build his grave • - Renamed Himself Achievements

  7. Warring States Period • - Qin & Chu Become Most Powerful • - Qin / Chu War (Lasted 15 years) 475 - 221 B.C. 7 Major Tribes Fighting For Control of Territory -Yan -Qi -Chu -Han -Wei -Zhao -Qin

  8. 223 B.C. • Wealth From Superior Qin Agriculture • - Control of River Triggered Population Boom • - Increased Agricultural Ability • Power From Superior Qin Military • - New Metal Forging Techniques • - Rise of The "Foot Soldier" Unification of China

  9. New Name • Renamed Himself "Shi Huangdi" • (The First Emperor) • Proclaimed His Dynasty Would Last For 10,000 years

  10. Initial Construction of The Great Wall • Extravagant Tomb for the Afterlife Slightly Ambitious Projects

  11. Extended By Han Dynasty • Finished By Ming Dynasty

  12. Terra Cotta Warriors

  13. Terra Cotta Warriors • Discovered In 1974 • 3 Separate Groups (Burial Sites) • 6,000 Warriors & Horses In Battle Formation • 1300 Elite Military Including Archers, Chariots, And Calvary • 68 Soldiers & 1 Chariot (Command Center)

  14. Terra Cotta Warriors • Each Warrior Modeled After Real Soldier • 5'8" - 6'2" In Height (Giants At The Time) • 500 - 600 lbs. Each

  15. The Mausoleum

  16. The Mausoleum Massive Complex 30 Foot Walls 7,000 Yards Divided Into 3 Sections Outer City Inner City Mausoleum

  17. The Mausoleum

  18. The Mausoleum Excavated A Pit 1600' X 1700' • (580 Basketball Courts)

  19. The Mausoleum • Upon Completion The Top Reached Almost 400 Feet High • -Nearly As Tall As The Great Pyramid in Giza

  20. The Mausoleum

  21. The Mausoleum

  22. The Mausoleum • Today The Mound Reaches Around 250 Feet • -Worn Down By Weather

  23. The Mausoleum Interior

  24. The Mausoleum

  25. The Mausoleum *According To Legend* The Ceiling Is Said To Be The Night Sky With Constellations Made of Pearl The Floor Is Said To Be A Layout Of His Empire In Miniature Recreation With Rivers of Flowing mercury -Golden Pavilions -Golden Pagodas The Emperor Himself -Laid Out In Gold &Jade -Bronze Coffin -Floating In A Pool Of Mercury

  26. The Mausoleum • Scientists Have Detected Mercury Levels @ 100 X The Normal Amount In The Vicinity Of The Mound • Ground Penetrating Radar Has Detected A Room 33 Feet In Height Within The Mound Today

  27. The Mausoleum • Today

  28. The Mausoleum • Chinese Official Statement • "We Are Waiting To Enter The Tomb Until Such Technology That Can Preserve What Is Inside Is Available" • "We Assume That Any 'Tomb Robber Deterrents' Are No Longer Functioning, But...."