During the 1100s, northeast Asia was united into the Mongol Empire ruled by one of the most prolific and famous Asian figures of history, Genghis Khan. Throughout his rule, Khan would be known for conquering and expanding the reach of the Mongol Empire. By the time of his death, Khan would have ruled most of Asia. However, there is one mystery that hasn’t been solved yet: Khan’s final resting place. After dying of a sudden illness at 1227, placing his age around 65 to 72 depending on the history book, the Mongol Emperor was buried in a secret location. To this day, Genghis Khan’s tomb has yet to be discovered.
Now, there is news that archaeologists have used a unique method of pinpointing possible locations of Genghis Khan’s tomb utilizing satellite images. They now believe they are closer than ever to finding Khan’s secret burial site.
According to an article by Public Library of Science One through Daily Mail, archaeologists, along with 10,000 volunteers, surveyed over 84,000 satellite images of an area spanning more than 2,300 square miles, twice the size of Yosemite National Park. Through their surveying, they have pinpointed 55 possible archaeological sites that could be Genghis Khan’s tomb, all said to be near the Burkham Khaldun mountain in Mongolia.
Some of the sites in Northern Mongolia were already visited by the team. They carried out ground surveys as well as utilized drone aircraft to take pictures from above. Dr. Albert Yu-Min Lin, the researcher who led the project at the California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology at the University of California in San Diego, is the one who says their work has brought them closer to finding Genghis Khan’s tomb.
Historically, there is a legend on why Genghis Khan’s tomb has remained a mystery for so long. When Khan passed away, his remains were taken to a great mountain known as Altai. Anyone who encountered the party escorting Khan’s remains were killed. Once Khan’s remains were sealed, it is believed the party who escorted the remains also killed themselves so nobody would ever know the secret location of the tomb.
However, there has to be some way of passing on the location of the tomb, because every Khan who died after Genghis Khan were also escorted up to Altai to be buried alongside Genghis Khan himself. It is said that when Genghis Khan’s grandson Kublai Khan died, more than 20,000 men were put to death after encountering the body. Legend also speaks that the area around the tomb is trampled by horses for a month to obliterate any possible signs that may lead to the tomb itself.
If Genghis Khan’s tomb is discovered, it will surely join a list of great archaeological discoveries found over past years thanks to advances in technology and science. The Inquisitr reported on such discoveries, such as the recent discovery of the tomb of an unknown Egyptian queen as well as understanding already-discovered relics even more, such as the Shigir Idol and Phaistos Disc.
[Featured Image via Bing, Post Images via Dr. Albert Yu-Min Lin]