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Return to the Valley of the Khans

As they have done for thousands of years, horses carry humans across a shallow river in Mongolia. This time however, the humans are scientists carrying the latest technology to search for answers to an ancient puzzle. Photo courtesy Albert Lin.


By Albert Lin, NG Emerging Explorer

Hello friends!

Today we embark upon the third major expedition of the Valley of the Khans project, with the goal of applying noninvasive technologies to a search for the tomb of Genghis Khan.  Over the years we have increased the sophistication of our tools, collected clues, and honed in on this region of interest.  We will be carrying with us the most advanced ground-penetrating radar and electro-magnetic detection systems and satellite and aerial drone technologies. Also, thanks to the amazing citizen science platform we will also carry with us the combined efforts of over 1.8 million image analytic contributions from participants like you.

While this search leads us to a physical understanding of a legacy, it has opened our eyes to the metaphysical understanding of a man who changed the world.  Mongolia is a place of unending beauty, where grassy steppes wipe away the hands of time.  And what remains is a spirit of pride and determination that defined the modern world.

On behalf of our whole team I would like to thank you for your continued effort as each data point generated impacts our decisions in the field!  It is an honor to be a part of this massive collaborative effort of exploration!

Albert Yu-Min Lin and the VOTK team

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