<Researchers from ANU The Australian National University and the Mongolian Academy
of Sciences worked with bones excavated by a joint Mongolian-Japanese team under the
New Century Project>
He was the founding father of the second largest empire in history stretching from the Pacific to the
Carpathians of Europe. He led the Mongols on a series of invasions to expand the empire, but when he
wasn't marauding across massive swathes of land, Genghis Khan was bunkering down in his winter
camp. Now researchers say they need found it. New research from ANU has provided a number of the
simplest evidence yet that the location of Avraga in eastern Mongolia was the winter base camp, or ordū,
of Genghis Khan . The location of the general headquarters from where the Mongol leader staged his
invasions has been the topic of lengthy debate among historians and archaeologists. A team led by ANU
archaeologist, Dr Jack Fenner, took a series of carbon dating samples from what little remains of the
most a part of Avraga. They showed conclusively that the location was occupied during the lifetime of
Genghis Khan and extended beyond the time his son, Ogedei Khan, took over after his father's death.
Genghis Khan, referred to as Chinggis Khan in Mongolia, lived from about 1162 until 1227 AD.