Secrets of the Sky Tombs

Evidence discovered in the world’s highest tombs reveals ancient rituals and beliefs. Airing January 4, 2017 at 9 pm on PBS Aired January 4, 2017 on PBS

Program Description

The towering Himalayas were among the last places on Earth that humanity settled. Scaling sheer cliff sides, a team of daring scientists hunts for clues to how ancient people found their way into this forbidding landscape and adapted to survive the high altitude. They discover rock-cut tombs filled with human bones and enigmatic artifacts, including gold masks and Chinese silk dating back thousands of years, and piece together evidence of strange rituals and beliefs designed to ward off the restless spirits of the dead.

 

 

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WRITTEN, PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY
Liesl Clark
Edited by
Jean Dunoyer
Camera
Liesl Clark
ADDITIONAL CAMERA
Jake Norton
Pete Athans
Cory Richards
Ted Hesser
Ang Tshering Lama
Renan Ozturk
Mark McKnight
Pierre de Parscau
Piers Leigh
NARRATED BY
Jay O. Sanders
Associate Producer
Crescent Moegling
Production Manager
Pete Athans
Sound Recordists
Jyoti L. Rana
Pete Athans
Bryn Clark
Jason Alberts
Ben Marcus
Chris Syner
Assistant Camera and Drone Operator
Finn Clark
Music
APM
Animation
Mitch Butler Explain-O-Graphics, LLC
Assistant Editor
James Dunoyer
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Research
Danya Gordin
Production Assistant
Cleo Clark-Athans
Archival Material
Angela Simons
Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Jean-Marc Mandonnet
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Stef Hoffer/Pond5
Special Thanks
Nepal’s Department of Archaeology
Village of Samdzong, Upper Mustang
Shangri-La Nepal
Sienna Craig
Robert Schoene
National Science Foundation
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A NOVA Production by Sky Door Films for WGBH Boston in association with Sky Vision Productions, National Geographic and France Televisions  

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This program was produced by WGBH, which is solely responsible for its content.

Original funding for this program was provided by Cancer Treatment Centers of America, the David H. Koch Fund for Science, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

IMAGE:

Image: (Upper Mustang, Nepal)
© Liesl Clark

Participants

Mark Aldenderfer
University of California, Merced
Pete Athans
Explorer
Anna Di Rienzo
University of Chicago
Jacqueline Eng
Western Michigan University
Margarita Gleba
University of Cambridge
Giovanni Massa
University College London
Charles Ramble
Sorbonne University
Ang Temba Sherpa
Himalayan Guide
Christina Warinner
University of Oklahoma

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