Small replicas of the terra-cotta soldiers of Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China, were found under about a foot of dirt in the courtyard of a Lynchburg, Va., elementary school, but their discovery was no accident. More than 10 years ago, the clay sculptures were made by students and then buried on campus, to be retrieved this year by students in the school's gifted program for a lesson on archaeology. "I hope they learned how to appreciate history," said their teacher, Anne Barrow. "I hope it opened their eyes to something they can be when they grow up."

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