Wooden coffins placed in caves are a common feature in Southeast Asia. The coffins mentioned in the article below had carvings of buffalo heads, crocodiles, lizards, snakes and birds. Not sure why they connect them with Chinese merchants.
Paul Kekai Manansala
April 03, 2007 17:22 PM
Kinabatangan Valley, The Resting Place Of Timber Coffins
By Haslin Gaffor
SANDAKAN, April 3 (Bernama) -- Lembah Kinabatangan, located in Sabah's central region, is not only renowned for its vast oil palm plantations. The valley is also the resting place of priceless treasures in the form of "timber coffins".
It is believed that about 2,000 timber coffins, some as old as 1,000 years, dotted the Kinabatangan Valley, making the area one of the nation's important archeological sites.
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