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Sky Caves of Nepal
National Geographic ^ | 10-2012 | Michael Finkel

Posted on 10/07/2012 3:21:14 AM PDT by Renfield

The skull, a human skull, was perched atop a crumbly boulder in the remote northern reaches of the Nepalese district of Mustang. Pete Athans, the leader of an interdisciplinary team of mountaineers and archaeologists, stepped into his harness and tied himself to a rope. He scrambled up the 20-foot boulder, belayed by another climber, Ted Hesser.

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But more intriguing than the skull itself was where it fell from. The boulder Athans scaled sat directly below a soaring cliff, tan rock streaked with bands of pink and white. Toward the top of the cliff were several small caves, painstakingly hand-dug from the brittle stone. Erosion had triggered the partial collapse of the cliff face, dislodging the skull. Now the same tantalizing question was on everyone’s mind: If a skull tumbled out, what remained up there?

Mustang, a former kingdom in north-central Nepal, is home to one of the world’s great archaeological mysteries. In this dusty, wind-savaged place, hidden within the Himalaya and deeply cleaved by the Kali Gandaki River—in spots, the gorge dwarfs Arizona’s Grand Canyon—there are an extraordinary number of human-built caves....

(Excerpt) Read more at ngm.nationalgeographic.com ...


TOPICS: History; Outdoors; Science
KEYWORDS: archaeology; godsgravesglyphs; nepal
Lots of good pictures in a slide show at the Nat Geo site....

(Photographs by Cory Richards)

1 posted on 10/07/2012 3:21:21 AM PDT by Renfield
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To: SunkenCiv

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2 posted on 10/07/2012 3:22:10 AM PDT by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: Renfield

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3 posted on 10/07/2012 3:35:35 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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4 posted on 10/07/2012 3:39:45 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Renfield; All

Watch the Program: Cave People of the Himalaya

See the full National Geographic television special:
http://www.pbs.org/programs/cave-people-himalaya/


5 posted on 10/07/2012 3:43:06 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Renfield; mickie
The linked article is utterly fascinating.

Do we ever get to see documentaries on such historical and exotic finds as are being uncovered in Mustang?

I read all the time of ancient and mysterious discoveries in far away lands, but few if any documentaries on them ever seem to get on TV.

I guess our culture is doomed forever now to have Dancing With the Stars and the Kardashians as predominent teaching and mind-expansion tools in the mass media.

Leni

6 posted on 10/07/2012 3:49:08 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: MinuteGal
Do we ever get to see documentaries on such historical and exotic finds as are being uncovered in Mustang? I read all the time of ancient and mysterious discoveries in far away lands, but few if any documentaries on them ever seem to get on TV.

I linked to a special on this that apparently aired on PBS.

7 posted on 10/07/2012 4:05:07 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Renfield

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8 posted on 10/07/2012 4:23:20 AM PDT by Calusa (The pump don't work cause the vandals took the handles. Quoth Bob Dylan.)
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Cave People of the Himalaya

In the 1990s, a high Himalayan cave in Upper Mustang, Nepal was discovered to contain 42 ancient people, buried on wooden bunk beds. American archaeologist Dr. Mark Aldenderfer believes there must be more burial caves, but the challenge is how to find them deep within cliff faces in the cold and inhospitable environment of the Himalaya. He enlists the world’s best technical climbers to do the searching. Aldenderfer’s theory is the funerary caves were carved out by the earliest people to have settled in the Himalaya. If he can find their remains and extract their DNA, he’ll learn who these people were and what brought them to the toughest parts of the planet to live.

National Geographic’s cameras capture the rare moments of discovery as they unfold. First, the 7-year-old on the expedition finds a human bone along a riverbed. Then, a series of burial caves are discovered above the riverbed, with human remains spilling forth from dangerously eroding caves. Bioarchaeologist Jacqueline Eng begins laying the bones out anatomically to count the number of individuals in the cave. The climbers, led by seven-time Everest mountaineer Pete Athans, recover bones from a total of 27 individuals: adult men, women, adolescents, even infants, along with their goats, cows and a horse. Wood inside the caves provides the clue that bunk beds must have housed the bones at one time. ...”

See the full National Geographic television special:
http://www.pbs.org/programs/cave-people-himalaya/


9 posted on 10/07/2012 4:38:58 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Renfield

For later


10 posted on 10/07/2012 4:42:29 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Hopey changey low emission unicorns and a crap sandwich)
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To: MinuteGal

Netflix has LOTS of documentaries. Watch them whenever you like.


11 posted on 10/07/2012 4:46:25 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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The following site has lots of docs of every category that you can watch for free (from Nat Geog, Nature, many others). It also has some looney left conspiracy crap docs.

http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/category/nature-wildlife/


12 posted on 10/07/2012 4:54:54 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Sherman Logan; ETL
Thanks for the leads.

Leni

13 posted on 10/07/2012 5:03:19 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: MinuteGal

You are correct. The history and science channel have been reduced to reality shows that are merely insipid. About the only shows worth watching are old movies and How It’s Made.

So many opportunities for learning wasted.


14 posted on 10/07/2012 9:11:38 AM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: Sequoyah101; mickie
Ditto that.

I prefer to watch docs on TV rather than on the internet....and I scarcely want to pay to watch, either.

I wonder if there isn't enough audience anymore for science and discovery shows due to the ever-more dumbed-down lumpen masses walking around like zombies with plastic phones growing out of their ears and electronic pads grafted onto their fingers.

Leni

15 posted on 10/07/2012 9:33:36 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: Renfield; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks Renfield.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


16 posted on 10/08/2012 7:17:26 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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