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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Where's Genghis? And Who's Buried in His Tomb?

Eight hundred years after the death of Genghis Khan, ruler of the Mongol Empire, the largest contiguous empire in history, scientists are searching to locate his lost tomb using advanced visualization technologies. The iconic ruler was buried with great secrecy in 1227 in an unmarked grave in Mongolia.

Genghis Khan demanded to be buried without markings, according to the customs of his tribe. After his death, his body was returned to Mongolia to his birthplace in Khentii Aimag, where many assume he is buried somewhere close to the Onon River and the Burkhan Khaldun mountain range. According to legend, the funeral escort executed anyone crossing their path to conceal his burial place, and that a river was diverted over his grave to make it impossible to find (the same manner of burial as the Sumerian King Gilgamesh and Atilla the Hun).

Yu-Min Lin Lin and several colleagues — including Professor Maurizio Seracini, the man behind the search for Leonardo da Vinci's lost "Battle of Anghiari" painting — are hoping to use advanced visualization and analytical technologies available at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology to pinpoint Khan's tomb and conduct a non-invasive archaeological analysis of the area where he is believed to be buried.

link: Caltech to Zero in on Lost Tomb Of Genghis Khan


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