The province of Xieng Khouang is home to a number of culturally and historically significant sites containing huge numbers of mysterious of stone jars. Each site contains anything from 1 to 400 jars, while the jars themselves are up 2.5 meters high and 15 tons in weight and are estimated to be at least 2,500 years old. It’s still uncertain whether the jars were formerly used as funeral urns, wine jugs, brewing vats or rice containers. The Xieng Khouang Plateau is located at the northern end of the Annamese Cordillera, the principal mountain range of Indochina. A French researcher in the early 1930s concluded that the jars were associated with prehistoric burial practices. Excavation by Lao and Japanese archaeologists in the intervening years has supported this interpretation with the discovery of human remains, burial goods and ceramics around the jars. The Plain of Jars is dated to the Iron Age (500 BC to AD 500) and is one of the most important prehistoric sites in Southeast Asia.
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