Prehistoric teak coffins and pottery, Skull Cave, Thailand

John Spies

Mae Hong Son, Thailand

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Massive, five-metre-long, hollowed teak logs fill this burial chamber in a newly-discovered cave in Pang Mapha district of Mae Hong Son province, Thailand. The bones of more than 100 individuals have been identified in this important archaeological site. The coffins, once coated with tree lacquer, date from 1500-2000 years old. Simple pottery and other possessions were left with the bones. The local Shan and hill tribes believe the coffins were left by “Pi Man”, a cave-dwelling spirit. More than 80 similar caves with coffins have been recorded in the district.
Canon 5D MKII, 24-105 lens
24mm
ISO 100
f/22
84 seconds
Bulb, tripod, shutter cable and lots of illuminating (painting) with LED lights

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