Terracotta Warriors provides an intriguing, original and up-to-date account of one of the wonders of the ancient world. Illustrated with a wealth of original photographs, this is the first book available for the general reader which incorporates the most recent excavations, new theories and discoveries.
In one of the most astounding archaeological discoveries of all time, the Terracotta Warriors were discovered by chance by farmers in 1974. We now understand that the excavated pits containing nearly eight thousand warriors and hundreds of horses are only part of a much grander mausoleum complex. There is a great deal still to be discovered and understood about the entire area whichis now thought to cover around 100 square kilometres. And there is the tantalising possibility of the opening of the imperial tomb.
With unique access to the leading Chinese archaeologists and historians - including the full support of the Shaanxi Provincial Cultural Relics Bureau, responsible for all archaeological sites and museums in the province - Burman is able to guide us through the ancient Chinese concept of longevity and the afterlife, essential to an understanding of the mausoleum. We can see as never before how the Terracotta Warriors strongly represent the fascinating circumstances in which they lived.
Edward Burman was made Visiting Professor at the University of Liverpool in recognition of his outstanding contribution to cultural exchanges between China and the West. He is the Executive Director for China of Mediapolis Engineering Srl, an Italian architecture and engineering practice based in Turin, for which he is now working part-time on a Chinese theatre investment in Venice and other architecture projects. Edward's most recent of eighteen books was published in a Chinese translation by Shaanxi People's Press in late 2015. It was then published in English in 2016, as Xi'an Through European Eyes: A Cultural History in the Year of the Horse. Since 2016 he has been a Trustee of the Xi'an City Wall Heritage Foundation in which he is the only foreign trustee. He has set up EB Cultural Enterprises Ltd in Hong Kong for his cultural activities. He has lived in Beijing since 2003.