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Searching For Genghis Khan

Jacki Lyden in for Tom Ashbrook

We’ll talk to a research scientist just back from Mongolia about his super high-tech search for the tomb of Genghis Khan.

Tadanobu Asano plays Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan, in Kazakhstan's Oscar-nominated epic "The Mongol", directed by Russia's Sergei Bodrov. (AP)

Tadanobu Asano plays Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan, in Kazakhstan's Oscar-nominated epic "The Mongol", directed by Russia's Sergei Bodrov. (AP)

On the Mongolian plains, men ride on horseback searching for the tomb of Chingis Khan, warrior-king who conquered a vast empire. They’re also bringing high-tech, non-invasive tools which rely on the ‘crowd sourcing’ of people on their laptops at home.

And they’re operating under the skepticism, by some scholars, that the great Khan ever had a tomb anywhere at all. That hasn’t stopped U.C. San Diego scientist Albert Lin and a Mongol battalion of explorers.

This hour On Point: Ghingis Khan’s secrets.

-Jacki Lyden

Guests:

Albert Lin, research scientist at the California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology at the University of California, San Diego. You can find his work with National Geographic here.

Morris Rossabi, professor of history at the City University of New York, and adjunct professor of Mongolian and inner Asian history at Columbia University.

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