Where are the weapons used to be in the hands of Terracotta Warriors?
Why did archaeologists speculate Terracotta Warriors once held weapons?
Possible reasons for the disappearance of weapons
1. The weapons were corroded.
For those disappeared weapons, archaeologists have once considered that they have been buried for so long that they all have corroded away. But the speculation is not very convincing because some other bronze articles were preserved like crossbows and chariots, why could not the bronze weapons in the hands of terracotta warriors be preserved?
2. The Weapons were stolen.
Who did on earth stole those weapons?
Besides the peasant soldiers, experts speculated that it was Xiang Yu - a leader of Chu State (740 - 223 BC). Xiang Yu hated Emperor Qin Shi Huang who defeated his state, and according to Chinese historical records, Xiang Yu burned the imperial palace of the first Emperor Qin Shi Huang and stole his mausoleum. Besides, after the Qin Dynasty’s demise, Xiang Yu fought against Liu Bang - the founder of Han Dynasty (202 BC - 220 AD). In this process, weapons were in demand, and these weapons in the Terracotta Warriors had a great attraction for Xiang Yu. However, these are only the experts’ conjectures, and there is no actual evidence.
See also: How did the Terracotta Army get burnt and destroyed?
Where are the existing weapons of the Terracotta Army preserved?
Although the weapons in the hands of the terracotta warriors had disappeared, in the Exhibition Hall of Historical Relics of Emperor Qin Shihuang’s Mausoleum, tourists can still appreciate many weapons unearthed from the pits of Terracotta Army, mainly including bronze swords, spears, dagger-axe, crossbows, halberds and battleaxes.
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