Photo: "Shangri-La" Caves Yield Treasures, Skeletons



Climber Renan Ozturk watches a local Tibetan look at an illuminated manuscript found in 2008 in a cave in the ancient kingdom of Mustang—today part of Nepal. The 15th-century folio is part of a treasure trove of Tibetan art and manuscripts uncovered in the remote Himalayan caves.

The team that made the discovery, which is featured in a pair of November 2009 documentaries, thinks the sacred hoard could be linked to the fictional paradise of Shangri-La.

(See more pictures of the "Shangri-La" caves and their treasures.)

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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