Earlier this month, two experts from the Museum of Terracotta Soldiers and Horses of Shi-Huang-Di near Xi’an, China, visited Wright State University. As part of their itinerary on August 13, Vice Curator Wang Mingsheng and Chief Chemist Rong Bo visited the Archives, as well as meeting with some of our public history students and officials from the National Museum of the United States Air Force.
The Wright State University Public History Program will soon be participating in a partnership forged by the university and the Museum of Terracotta Soldiers and Horses. Under the terms of the partnership, Wright State experts would go to the site to conduct research aimed at expanding the excavation and better protecting and displaying the mausoleum. The university would accept students from the museum seeking to learn more about conservation, historic preservation, and exhibition preparation.
Our very own Dawne Dewey, Head of Special Collections & Archives and Director of the Public History Program, plans to visit the Chinese museum in October as part of the exchange.
The Museum of Terracotta Soldiers and Horses is part of an archaeological site and mausoleum in which thousands of terracotta soldiers and other figures depicting the armies of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, were unearthed. It is believed to be one of the most important findings of the 20th century. The funerary art was buried with the emperor in 210 to 209 B.C. to protect him in the afterlife and was discovered by some farmers in 1974. The mausoleum is a World Heritage Site, listed by the United Nations, Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization as of special cultural and/or physical significance. The museum’s labs are working to restore and preserve the terracotta figures, which are made of a clay-based ceramic.