The mystery of the terracotta warriors

From Nine To Noon, 10:07 am on 29 November 2018

Kathryn Ryan speaks with British scholar and historian Edward Burman about the extraordinary and mysterious 2,000 year old terracotta warriors of China - considered to be one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th century.

An estimated 8,000 life size pottery soldiers, 130 chariots with at least 520 horses, buried underground guarding the tomb of China's first emperor Qin Shihuang.

Edward Burman says archaeologists still feel they have not arrived at the final answer on the terracotta warriors: what they were meant to do?

An exhibition of some of the terracotta warriors begins at Te Papa on December 15.