Wednesday, October 22, 2008

In Search of Chinggis Khaan's Tomb... Once Again

I remember about a decade and a half ago, there was a Japanese-Mongolian expedition "Three Rivers" (if I'm not mistaken) to locate the tomb of Chinggis Khaan without any success. Some say the real Japanese interest lay in sizing up the natural resources of Mongolia. Whatever the case may be, another (probably futile) expedition is taking place in Mongolia in search of the Khaan's final resting place. 
Scientists at the University of California in San Diego (UCSD) are using advanced visualization technologies to locate the tomb of Mongolian emperor Genghis Khan, the UCSD said in a press release on Monday.
    "As outrageous as it might sound, we're looking for the tomb of Genghis Khan," Dr. Albert Yu-Min Lin, an affiliated researcher for UCSD's Center for Interdisciplinary Science in Art, Architecture and Archaeology (CISA3), said in the release e-mailed to Xinhua...
Lin plans to establish a position at UCSD that will allow him to spearhead the three-year Valley of the Khans project, which will require 700,000 dollars in funding for eight researchers, including all expedition costs, said the release. 
 Why? Here's why.
 "But as great a man he was, there are few clues and no factual evidence about Genghis Khan's burial, which is why we need to start using technology to solve this mystery," Lin said. 
The need to solve the mystery to Chinggis Khaan's burial. As nonsensical as the reason may sound, a part of me is asking what might happen if they should really succeed in their needful mission. If anything, they'd have to tear down the Chinggis Khaan Mausoleum in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China. Reenactments of the demystified burial ritual?

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