Aerial view of excavation site in Van, Turkey, where researchers are looking into whether this was the location of Hulagu Khan’s summer palace.

A team of archaeologists may have discovered the ruins of a palace owned by Genghis Khan’s grandson.
The team says swastika patterns on ruins in Van, Turkey might link the archeological site to Hulagu Khan.
Hulagu Khan is known for slaughtering armies, destroying cities, and trampling a caliph to death with horses.

Archaeologists may have discovered the remains of an ancient summer palace built for Genghis Khan’s bloodthirsty grandson, Hulagu Khan, in the 1260s, according to new research.

A joint Turkish and Mongolian excavation team, led by Ersel Çağlıtütüncigil of the İzmir Kâtip Çelebi University, found the remains of roof tiles, bricks, and ceramic pottery in the Van Province of eastern Turkey.

Researchers examine the remains of roof tiles and pottery at an excavation site in Van Province, Turkey.

The archaeologists noted that there were s-like symbols, or “swastikas,” imprinted on the roof tiles, said Munkhtulga Rinchinkhorol, an archaeologist who was on the dig,per Live Science.

Though the swastika pattern is now primarily associated with Nazi Germany, Rinchinkhorol told the science magazine that the symbol was previously used as “one of the power symbols of the Mongol Khans.”

A view from the statue of Genghis Khan in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The arms and collar of his robe are decorated with swastikas

The swastikas’ association with the Mongol Khans, alongside historical records indicating that the Mongols had a large presence in the area, indicates that this could have been a palace built during the Ilkhanate period, Live Science reported.

The Ilkhanate was a small Mongol empire during the 13th and 14th centuries, founded by Hulaghu Khan. Hulagu, who conquered significant parts …read more

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