Hanging coffins, some dating back over 400 years, have long been known to Chinese scholars. CERS has conducted research expeditions to many such sites since 1985. Between 1996 and 1999, the Society explored northeastern Yunnan and discovered previously unrecorded sites. One such site, dated through Carbon 14 testing, proved to be over 1,000 years old. Following discovery, CERS conducted research in collaboration with the Yunnan Institute of Archaeology and organized the results. The coffins were then preserved and secured in order to prevent them from falling down the cliffs. The Discovery Channel, NHK of Japan and Yunnan Television in China have made hour-long documentaries on the project.
HANGING COFFINS DOCUMENTARY
Mysterious Hanging Coffins of China
Produced by the Discovery Channel, this one hour documentary tells an amazing story about the burial culture of the lost Bo people in the remote hills of southwestern China.
Together, the explorers from CERS and the scientists from the Yunnan Institute of Archaeology gain access to the coffins at Long Ma, Yunnan and document the content. Further research might just provide a link to the descendants of the lost Bo tribe.
You can watch the aired documentary in a five part series on YouTube: