A mysterious pile of dozens of corpses were found lying over a rudimentary stone structure. The hype grew and forensic experts were brought out to the site, which soon revealed to be a Mongolian royal tomb from the 13th century.
Construction workers building a road near the Onon River have discovered a mass grave with dozens of corpses. The experts believe this to be Genghis Khan’s tomb. They think all the corpses over the top of it were murdered slaves that help build the tomb. The massacre was to keep the location of Genghis Khan’s grave a secret since he did not want anyone to know where he was buried.
There are many statues and monuments in Khan’s honor, but no one has ever located where his body was laid to rest. Thousands have been searching the world for his remains for many years.
A total of 68 skeletons were found buried together, directly over the top of the stone structure. Inside the tomb, everything was deteriorated and scattered about. Experts believe this is because the burial site was located beneath a river bed for hundreds of years. In the 18th century, the river bed’s direction was changed.
Hundreds of gold and silver artifacts and coins were found buried in the tomb. Sixteen female skeletons were found among the artifacts and these are presumed to be wives and concubines buried with him (possibly alive) to accompany the warlord in his afterlife.
Experts have conducted tests on the site and the corpse they believe to be Khan. They know that the body belongs to a man aged between 60 and 75 years of age and he died between 1215 and 1235 AD. The body and the dates, along with the way the tomb was buried and the artifacts inside bring the experts to truly believe this is Genghis Khan.
Dateline: June 2016