Friday, June 3, 2005

Tourists To Search For Genghis Khan’s Tomb

ULAAN BATAAR, Mongolia (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Travelers have a chance to play Indiana Jones with a new vacation package that lets them dig at the possible site of Genghis Khan’s tomb.

Scientists and historians from Mongolia and the U.S. are opening up their excavation site located 200 miles east of Ulaan Bataar, Mongolia, to a group of tourists who will arrive in mid- August.

Folks who take the $4799 “Search for Genghis Khan” tour will spend two days on site at the archeological dig, where they can shovel dirt or just watch as the pros unearth 13th century-era skeletons and antiquities.

Khan’s tomb location has long been a secret because those who buried him were allegedly killed to keep it safe from grave robbers, but the researchers believe this site near the Kerelen and Onon rivers is a good possibility because of the treasures they’ve unearthed so far.

Still, tour package sellers at admit the chances of uncovering Khan’s tomb during the tourists’ visit are slim so the 14-day tour will also bring travelers to the Gobi desert as well as museums filled with dinosaur fossils and a Buddhist monastery.

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