Searching for Genghis Khan

  • Date
    January 25, 2013
  • Time 7:30 p.m.
  • Location Olympia, WA
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Men on horseback
Mongolian horseman in traditional dress

Photograph by Ben Horton

For centuries, historians have wondered about the location of the tomb of Genghis Khan, the legendary ruler who united Mongolia’s feuding tribes and led them on a campaign of conquest unequaled in world history. Mongolian custom states that Genghis’s underground burial site was meant to stay hidden, and that disturbing the tomb would unleash a curse that would end the world. So the site has remained undiscovered, protected by a strong cultural taboo against entering this sacred place.

National Geographic Archaeology Fellow and Co-Principal Investigator Fred Hiebert shares the story of how he and his team navigated around the threat of a centuries-old curse to conduct a high-tech expedition in search of Genghis Khan’s final resting place in a remote area of Mongolia.

Find out more about this fascinating combination of high-tech tools and old-fashioned expedition—living in yurts and crossing Mongolia’s rugged terrain on horseback—from a true 21st-century explorer.

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  • Photo: Jodi Cobb
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    As a photographer with National Geographic, Jodi Cobb has worked in more than 60 countries—chronicling both the best and worst of the human spirit. She is best known for lifting the curtain on worlds closed to outsiders, specializing in gaining access to places and situations that are off limits for most journalists.

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