Tech Team Zeroes In on 'Genghis Khan's Tomb'
But University of California experts don't want to excavate
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 3, 2012 4:50 PM CST
A Mongolian horseman holds a national flag in Khui Doloon Khudag, on the outskirts of Ulan Bator, Mongolia, Thursday, July 12, 2012.    (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

(Newser) – Everyone from archaeologists to grave robbers have been seeking Genghis Khan's tomb for the past 800 years—and now a team of techies from California may have found it, Newsweek reports. Using satellites, radar scans, and thousands of volunteers, Albert Lin's crew at the University of California in San Diego have built 3-D reconstructions of a large underground structure in northwestern Mongolia. But they won't dig it up, despite legends of the vast treasure Khan acquired as ruler of an empire stretching from the Pacific to the Caspian Sea. “We do not want to excavate the site,” says Lin. “We believe it should be protected as an UNESCO World Heritage site."

Lin fears it would be looted by grave robbers, who already steal relics from around Mongolia that sell for thousands of dollars in antique shops. Harsh economic conditions, worsened by a decade of dry summers and cruel winters, no doubt increase the likelihood of looting. But Khan's status as a quasi-god to some Mongolians complicates matters; "If [his tomb] is opened, the world will end," says one herder. And geopolitics may come into play, because China is still seeking mining rights in Mongolia and regards the breakaway nation as its own: "Genghis’s tomb might become a focal point for political ambitions, the like of which we have never seen," says one analyst. Click for Newsweek's full cover article.

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Baidar
Feb 24, 2013 1:45 AM CST
Probably, not there looking for the tomb of Genghis Khan - that's it, and cannot find it. Very most likely, it is in other part of Eurasia. Like most of the descendants of Genghis Khan and his native nation, living now among the Bashkirs, Kazakhs, Tatars, Uighurs and other Turkic peoples. Read a book "Forgotten Heritage of Tatars" (by Galy Yenikeyev) about the hidden real history of Tatars and their fraternal Turkic peoples. This e-book you can easily find on Smashwords company website: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/175211 Unfortunately, in the official history there are many pro-Chinese falsifications about the "wild nomads", "incredible cruelty of nomadic mongol-tatar conquerors", and about "a war between the Tatars and Genghis Khan” etc.
$28919642
Dec 4, 2012 11:54 AM CST
Remember the motto of the Mongolian Optimists: If Genghis Khan, so Khan we!
HANKHILL
Dec 4, 2012 11:00 AM CST
it is not gk! damn you found my old gf again! damn!