10 things over 1,000 years old that you can see for yourself

These historic artifacts make it possible to come face-to-face with ancient times.

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Lifelike terra cotta soldiers in Xian, China Lifelike terra cotta soldiers in Xian, China (Photo: LaurensT / Shutterstock)

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China's Terracotta Army

Discovered near the city of Xian in 1974, this "army" consists of 8,000 terra-cotta statues that were buried with one of China's first emperors about 2,200 years ago. Hundreds of chariots, horses and other non-military figures were also found in the tomb. The statues are known for being impressively life-like.

What is even more impressive is that the details are different for each statue. Unique facial features and hairstyles can be seen on each individual. Originally, the figures were painted, but visitors today will only see grey-hued statues because the paint has worn away over the centuries. Most of the statues are still kept in Xian, but a few have been taken to museums around the world as part of a traveling exhibition.

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