From the Bankok Post: Wooden coffin cover clue to ancient times.
Archaeologists are examining an ancient wooden coffin lid bearing a carved woman-like figure, hoping to find some link to a funeral culture thought to be uncommon in Southeast Asia.
The coffin cover is 166cm long and about 30cm wide. It is made of teak and thought to be about 1,000 years old.
It is believed to be part of an elegant funeral ceremony of a long-vanished tribe, scholars from Chiang Mai University say.
They say the carving is a stylised human figure, representing a woman. [continue, see photo]
FYI link not working but if you go to the archives at that site you can find this story. pull up recent editions, July 24th 2007.