Most beautiful army
The terracotta warriors and horses of China were one of the most staggering archaeological finds of the 20th century. An estimated 8,000 life-sized figures of soldiers, plus myriad chariots and horses, all beautifully shaped in unglazed clay were found buried in a field in Lintong, Xian, Shaanxi province in 1974. Described by Unesco as "masterpieces of realism", they were apparently crafted around 210BC to defend the first emperor of all China, Qin Shi Huang, in the afterlife. His unopened mausoleum is found nearby. A museum is built around the site, where thousands of statues still remain to be unearthed.