A mass grave containing the remains of several human corpses was discovered by construction workers near the Onon River in the Khentii province of Mongolia.
After the workers discovered the burial site, they soon informed Forensic experts and archaeologists. Experts revealed that the site was the Mongolian royal tomb from the 13th century, which made scientists believe that it is the tomb of Genghis Khan. Archaeologists also confirmed that the content in the tomb was badly deteriorated due to the fact that the tomb was built beneath the river bed for centuries before the course of the river changed in the early 18th century.
The team of scientists in unity with the University of Beijing has come to the conclusion that the numerous skeletons buried on top of the structure are most likely the slaves who had built the tomb, and that they were then massacred to keep the secret of the location.
A total of 68 skeletons were found in the tomb, along with hundreds of gold and silver artefacts, thousands of coins and twelve horses, which were most certainly sacrificed to accompany the Great Khan in death. Seventeen skeletons have also been identified which included one tall male, and sixteen females, which were presumably the wives and concubines of the leader.
Archaeologists believe that, due to the amount of treasure and the number of sacrificed animals and people found in the tomb, the burial site is of a really powerful Mongol warlord.
By performing an extensive set of tests and analysis, scientists were able to confirm that the body of the male was between the age of 60 and 75 and died between 1215 and 1235 AD, and confirmed that the tomb does indeed belong to Genghis Khan.
Due to the historical importance of Genghis Khan, this discovery is one of the most important in the history of archaeology.