Laos. Sienkhuang Plain of Jars (Xieng Khuang)

Plain of Jars — An ancient monument in Laos. On the tops of the hills "scattered" huge jars of unknown origin in height from 1 to 3.5 m and a diameter of about 1 m the largest of which weighs 6 tons. Pitchers are made of stone such species that are not found in the provided area!

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At the moment, addressed the issue of assignment of the Valley of Jars World Heritage status by UNESCO. The situation is complicated by the fact that the province Xiengkhouang in the 70-ies famous subjected to massive bombing by the U.S. Air Force during the so-called Secret War. For this reason, a significant part of the Valley remains inaccessible to tourists.

About jugs little is known. No one knows where and how they got here, who and what they produced. Some believe that the pitchers like a giant melting pots, old burned bodies of the dead. There is also a hypothesis that they were stored rice or wine. All versions quite doubtful. One thing is certain: the age of the giant stones — at least 2500-3000 years.

According to archaeologists, the pitchers were used 1500-2000 years ago, ancient people who lived in Southeast Asia, the culture of which is totally unknown. The material dates from the period between 500 BC. e. to 800 BC. e. Anthropologists and historians have speculated that the jars were used either as funerary urns or to store water.

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