Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor


Warrior staties buried in the pits next to the Qin Shi Huangs tomb in Xian of Shaanxi Province, China. Nutthavood punpeng/Flickr Vision

You’ve seen the photos of the famed terracotta warriors, but no one in over 2200 years has glimpsed inside the tomb of Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China. It’s a chamber where rivers of mercury trace the empire’s form beneath a ceiling starscape of precious stones. We know where it is, yet it remains just outside of our scientific reach. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the first emperor’s life and afterlife. Plus Anney and Lauren from FoodStuff drop by to discuss their episode on lunar new year foods.

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Illustration depicting the construction of Emperor Qin Shi Huang's mausoleum.
Illustration depicting the construction of Emperor Qin Shi Huang's mausoleum.
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Topics in this Podcast: China, history, death, immortality, archeology