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The grandson of Genghis Khan Hulagu is known for destroying and plundering the prosperous city of Baghdad in 1258.
A joint group of Mongolian and Turkish archaeologists believe that they have discovered in the province of Van in eastern Turkey the ruins of the palace of Genghis Khan's grandson, Khan Hulagu. But other scientists aren't so sure and say more research is needed, according to Business Insider.
Scientists who have been excavating in Turkey suggest they may have discovered the remains of Genghis Khan's grandson's palace. During the excavations, the remains of tiles for the roof, bricks for the walls, as well as ceramic dishes were found. Scientists believe that this place could be the palace of Khan Khulagu, which was built in the 1260s.
Various historical records of the 13th century indicate that the Hulagu Palace was located exactly at the place where the excavations were carried out. Archaeologists also found S-shaped symbols similar to a swastika on the tiles.
“Although now the swastika is associated with Nazi Germany, in the 13th century it was one of the symbols of the Khan's power in the Mongolian states. And here the Hulagu palace could have been built in the era of the Ilkhanate” , says archaeologist Munkhtulga Rinchinhorol.
Khan Hulagu (1217 – 1265) was one of the leaders of the Mongols during their conquest of the Middle East. He is known for capturing, almost completely destroying and sacking the prosperous city of Baghdad in 1258.
Already in 1259, the huge Mongol Empire began to disintegrate into smaller parts. One of the countries that appeared on the map after the collapse of the empire was the Ilkhanate. This state just created Hulagu in 1256 and it lasted until 1335. The country included a significant part of the Middle East and Western Asia, as well as the eastern part of modern Turkey.
“Our excavations continue, but this palace, which we believe could belong to Hulagu, has been heavily looted and destroyed. The discovered historical artifacts, plus data from historical sources, still indicate that this is the Khan's palace,” says Rinchinhorol.
But Timothy May of the University of North Georgia, USA, believes that this palace may have belonged to Hulagu, but more research is needed to be convinced of this.
“I do not rule out that it could be Hulagu's palace. But in the 13th century, it was an important region for the Mongols, where you can find the ruins of settlements and even palaces from the Ilkhanate period, but the fact that this is the palace of Hulagu Khan has yet to be proven,” says Michael Hope from Yonsei University, Korea.
According to archaeologists who are excavating in Turkey, they will provide a full report on their research in the coming months.
As I already wrote Focus, scientists have figured out the real cause of Genghis Khan's death, which has been a mystery for centuries. The Mongol Khan died of a well-known deadly disease.