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Top 10: Tombs

It’s hard to shake off the memory of someone when their tombs are as elaborate, or disturbing, as these

Greatest Tombs

LEMO CAVES

INDONESIA

The effigies have been replaced several times, as many are stolen and sold to tourists
ALAMY X2, GETTY X11

The mountainous region of Tana Toraja, Indonesia, has some interesting features cut into its mountainside, and we’re not just talking about the wonky roads. In this part of the world, deceased tribal members are buried in rock-cut tombs, complete with windows, balconies, and even wooden effigies of themselves. Local tradition dictates that this is because the dead will need ample accommodation for their lengthy afterlife. In some villages, they are exhumed every year, dressed in a new set of clothes, and exhibited for all to see.

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When news broke a couple of years back that the body of Richard III had been discovered under a car park in Leicester, hope sprang afresh that the truth about this most divisive of kings would finally be put to rest. But while the find offered many clues, we have much fact yet to separate from fiction. Who was the real Richard? Was he a murderous usurper, or has his reputation been tarnished in a classic case of the victors writing history? We get to the heart of the matter from page 30.
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