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NOVA: Secrets Of The Sky Tombs

Airs Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017 at 9 p.m. & Sunday, Jan. 8 at 2 p.m. on KPBS TV

Mani wall and caves above Samdzong village, Upper Mustang, Nepal.

Credit: Courtesy of Liesl Clark

Above: Mani wall and caves above Samdzong village, Upper Mustang, Nepal.

Unearth secrets buried in the world’s highest tombs, tucked in Himalayan caves.

"Secrets Of The Sky Tombs" - 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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Evidence discovered in the world’s highest tombs reveals ancient rituals and beliefs.

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