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Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians Of China’s First Emperor

This is a closed, past exhibit; it is not available for viewing.

The Houston Museum of Natural Science presented one of the most extraordinary archaeological finds of the 20th century, considered by many to be the Eighth Wonder of the World: terra cotta warriors from the tomb complex of China’s First Emperor, Qin Shi Huang. Intended to protect him throughout eternity, the warriors stood guard over a vast necropolis commissioned by the Emperor when he was only 13 years old. With more than 100 amazing objects, this was the largest display of terra cotta figures and tomb artifacts to travel to the U.S.

Curator: Dirk Van Tuerenhout Ph.D.

Dr. Van Tuerenhout joined the Museum staff full-time in 1999. Dirk Van Tuerenhout, Ph.D., Curator of Anthropology Dr. Van Tuerenhout is an expert in human cultures, especially those of Latin America, and is well versed in archaeology and anthropology. He took part in excavations of Late Roman ruins in his….


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