Ch’in Shih-huang-ti was a powerful figure in ancient Chinese history. During his rule, he unified much of China with a government that was based on the teachings of Legalism. It was under Ch’in Shih-huang-ti that much of the Great Wall of China was built, as well as a huge burial compound known as the Ch’in tomb.
To protect his state from a Hunnish tribe of people to the north known as the Hsiung Nu, Ch’in Shih-huang-ti embarked on an amazing effort to connect the walls and fortresses, created during the Warring States Period, to protect his kingdom. The result was the Great Wall of China.
Another structure of astonishing proportions built under Ch’in Shih-huang-ti was a massive burial compound, known as the Ch’in Tomb. It was discovered byarchaeologists in 1974, near the present-day city of Xiam. The tomb, encompassing 20 square miles (50 sq km), was a huge subterranean complex, landscaped to resemble a low, wooded mountain. In the chamber, 6,000 life-sized terracotta soldiers were found in battle formation, and in adjoining chambers thousands of smaller figurines were found. A stable of skeletonized horses was discovered and the remains of bronze gilded chariots accompanied them. Valuable gems, jade carving of trees and animals, as well as silks were also unearthed. The emperor’s actual burial tomb has yet to be excavated. It was purported that it took 700,000 men more than 36 years to complete.
When you look at the accompanying screenshot, you see that the tomb was built on a 7.5′ grid line and at one time may have been situated on a grid point. We feel that sites this close to a major grid line or point were in fact on it when they were originally built. Over time, earthquakes or plate movements may have caused the original placement to shift.