Here you can see an army of soldiers unearthed just east of the modern city of Xi'an. Discovered first in 1974, the work continues on three pits containing over 7,000 model soldiers. The army was buried within a framework of wooden pillars just east of the large tumulus containing the tomb of the First Emperor. The lifesize soldiers are made of terra cotta, each one an individual portrait reflecting the diversity of men drawn from all across the new empire. They would have originally been brightly painted. Body parts were mass produced from a variety of molds, with heads and limbs added separately before firing. Soldiers carried real weapons including swords, spears and halberds. The pits also included chariots and model horses. It was a massive undertaking, certainly the largest ceramic project ever undertaken anywhere.