The Army of Terracotta Warriors. Bingmayong archaeological zone, located 35 miles east of the city. The discovery of these warriors, as the majority of archaeological discoveries; occurred by chance. It was the spring of 1974, peasants digging a well near Mount Li, when, suddenly, they found fragments of the terracotta statues. Before the discovery that there were already rumors about the city of Tong Li was buried the first emperor of China, and the rumor became a fact.