''SHANGRI-LA'' CAVE PICTURES: Art, Texts, Bones Revealed

''SHANGRI-LA'' CAVE PICTURES: Art, Texts, Bones Revealed
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Veteran mountaineer Pete Athans looks at human remains found during an August 2008 expedition to the "Shangri-La" caves of Upper Mustang in Nepal.

In 2007 Athans and colleagues had found ancient Tibetan Buddhist shrines decorated with exquisitely painted murals, including a 55-panel depiction of Buddha's life. (See a picture of one of the Buddhist murals.)

During a second expedition in 2008 the team discovered several 600-year-old human skeletons and recovered reams of precious manuscripts, some with small paintings known as illuminations.

ON TV Lost Cave Temples of the Himalayas and Secrets of Shangri-La premiere Wednesday, November 18, on PBS (check local listings).
—Photograph courtesy Kris Erickson
 
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