Ghengis Khan Burial Site Nearly Found?

by Nathan Hamm on 10/6/2004

Asahi.com reports that archaeologists may be close to finding Genghis Khan’s burial site (and they deserve bonus points for the Stones reference in the title).

A joint team of researchers from Japan and Mongolia announced Monday in Tokyo they had found an ancient mausoleum dedicated to the warrior chieftain who died in 1227.

They said the discovery could pinpoint the site of his long-sought-after tomb, which they believe is probably located within 12 kilometers of the mausoleum.

At four places around the base, researchers dug up bones and ashes of horses and other animals that had been burned according to Mongol custom. Further probes suggest there are more than 100 similar spots at the site.

Historical documents from China and Persia describe the palace in which Genghis Khan ruled his hordes. The texts also mention a nearby mausoleum and rituals of burning bones of animals.

The location and structure of the Avraga ruins correspond with the texts. Huge quantities of horses’ bones verify that animal rituals were held there, too, the researchers said.

Based on those findings, the researchers concluded Genghis Khan, as well as his successor, ruled from Avraga. The mausoleum was built to worship the souls of Genghis Khan and later emperors.


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