Bor Krai cave is one of the finest surviving log coffin sites, with
many coffins in excellent condition and a greater range of coffin head
styles than any other site. The site is unusual because the 3x3 m
entrance is tucked away in the forest rather than high up on a cliff
face as is more typical for log coffin sites in Pang Ma Pha. The cave
is on two levels separated by a 5 m vertical drop. The upper level
consists of a single chamber which is partially day-lit and has only a
few coffin fragments in poor condition.
lower level consists of two chambers which are
absolutely dark and
tomb-like. The first chamber is dominated by two magnificent coffins
complete with lids and still on their supporting columns. The floor is
littered with a profusion of broken coffins carved in a wide variety of
unique styles, including some with heads carved in the shape of an
animal. The inner chamber is long and narrow and packed with coffins on
2 tiers. Some coffins are supported by posts hewn from older coffins.
The 2 cm holes near the end of almost all of the coffins are not part
of the original design but were made in 2001 by a research team from
Mahidol Universiy who were trying to study the prehistorical
environment from the tree rings (Sidisunthorn et al., 2006).
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