The Emperor Shi Huangdi was responsible for the construction of the entombed warriors, which were found while workers were excavating for a well. They notified the Chinese authorities who sent a team of archaeologists to the site where they began the laborious task of unearthing, not one, but thousands of life size soldiers, horses and carts. Each warrior with different facial expressions and placed according to their rank. Although grey today, remnants of colour are still seen on some of the soldiers. The terra-cotta army as it was known was part of an elaborate mausoleum which was created to accompany the first emperor into the afterlife.