Bones of the Buddha

Format
1 x 60
Commissioner
Thirrteen, WNET, ARTE France, National Geographic Channels
Completed
2013
Premiered
National Geographic - 11 May 2013 8:00pm

Do the jewels, bones and ashes found in an Indian tomb in 1898 mark the final resting place of the Buddha himself? Or was it all an elaborate hoax?

Renowned historian of India, Charles Allen sets to solve this extraordinary mystery once and for all. 

Credits

Narrator
CHARLES DANCE  

Director / Writer 
STEVEN CLARK

Consultant
CHARLES ALLEN 

Director of Photography
CHRIS OPENSHAW

Location Manager
TOBY SINCLAIR

Location Assistant
OVLIVER SAURABH SINCLAIR 

Sound
KEVIN PINTO

Editor
RUPERT TROSKIE

Post Production
FILMS @ 59

Colourist
CHRISTIAN SHORT

Dubbing Mixer
RICHARD LAMBERT

Music
AUDIO NETWORK PLC

Graphics
BURRELL DURRANT HIFLE

Design
ALEC WALKER 

Production Manager
ANNA GOLL

Production Coordinators
LAURA GEORGE
ELEANOR PERRYMAN 

Junior Production Coordinator
JODIE ALLT

Production Technical Assistants
DANNY CAREY
LORNE KRAMER

Technical Coordinator
ALEX HOLDEN 

Special Thanks 
THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF INDIA
THE INDIAN MUSEUM, KOLKATA
MAHABODHI TEMPLE COMMITTEE
DR S. K. MITTRA & THE SRIVASTAVA FAMILY 

Stock Footage
BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD
NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF THAILAND
TIMEFRAME 

Director of Production
ANDIE CLARE

Executive Producers for Icon Films
HARRY MARSHALL

For National Geographic Channels
Production Manager 
MARJOLAINE SOUQUET 

Unit Manager
HANNAH CHISMAR

S&P / Research
MADELYN COPELAND 

Executive Producer 
ED SAYER

Executive Vice President in Charge of Content 
NCGI
HAMISH MYKURA

For ARTE France
Unite Decouverte et Connaissance 
HELENE COLDEFY

Commissioning Editor
CHRISTINE REISSEN
 

An Icon Films Production for THIRTEEN in association with WNET, ARTE France and National Geographic Channels

© 2013 – ICON FILMS

 

 

 

 

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Publicity Notes

When Colonial estate manager, Willie Peppe, set his workers digging at a mysterious hill in Northern India in 1898, he had no idea what they’d find. Twenty feet down, they made an amazing discovery: a huge stone coffer, containing 5 ancient soapstone jars, over 1000 separate jewels and some ash and bone. One of the jars had an inscription that seemed to say that these were the remains of the Buddha himself. This seemed to be the most extraordinary find in Indian archaeology.

But doubt and scandal have hung over this amazing find for over 100 years. For some, the whole thing is an elaborate hoax. For others, it is no less than the final resting place of the messiah of one of the world’s great religions. For the doubters, suspicion focuses on a key figure from the time, disgraced German archaeologist Dr. Anton Fuhrer. Renowned historian of India, Charles Allen, sets out to solve this extraordinary mystery once and for all.

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