History Hangs in the Balance
The 1,500-year-old bones are among the remains of 27 human corpses—many of which had been stripped of flesh—found in the human-made cave system. The findings point to a previously unknown Himalayan death ritual, the team announced Friday.
Because the caves—and the entire cliff face—are highly unstable, retrieving the remains could be done only by expert climbers.
—With reporting by Ker Than