The people of the olden days believed in taking their earthly possessions with them to their graves (or tombs, more accurately). For some, its vast riches, for others it may be the mummified remains of their favorite animals. But for the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang Di’s mausoleum was lined with a vast, army of statues dedicated to guarding his tomb even after his passing. Included with these statues were weapons and even carts with horse statues.
The Oriental China’s first emperor was definitely busy during his reign, unifying multiple kingdoms at war, standardizing coins, weight, and measures, along with interlinking states using canals and roads. He is also credited for helping build the first version of the famous Great Wall of China.
So far, around four pits have been partially excavated by archeologists. Three of them contain said soldiers, weapons, and carts while the fourth one lay completely empty, hinting at the unfinished construction.