ANCIENT GIANTS PROOF? THE MYSTERIOUS PLAIN OF JARS NORTH OF LAOS
The plain of jars in the plain of Xieng Khouang Laos is one of the sites the most enigmatic of the planet. The exceptional site of thousands of Megalithic stones scattered pots on nearly a hundred sites deeply in the mountains in the north of Laos has fascinated the archaeologists and scientists since their discovery in the 1930s.
The unusual site known under the name of the Plain of Jars is dated the Iron Age (500 BC to 500 after JC) and is composed of at least 3 000 jars of giant stone up to 3 meters high and weighing several tonnes. Most are made of sandstone but there are other facts of granite and limestone much more difficult.
Because the reservoir is the rims to LIP, it is assumed that all were originally covered with discs and even if a few covers of stone have been recorded, it is more likely that the main material used is the wood or Ratan.
The pots seem to have been manufactured with a degree of knowledge of what materials and techniques have been adapted. It is assumed that the Plain of Jars" people have used scissors of iron in their manufacture although no conclusive evidence for this exists. Little is known of the population which has carved the enormous containers and the pots themselves give little evidence on their origin or destination.
According to the local legend, the pots have been created by a race of giants, which the king had need somewhere to store its wine of rice. The wine was to be consumed to a great feast to celebrate a famous military victory there are thousands of years. The legend tells that a wicked king, appointed Chao Angka, which its oppressed people if terribly that they have made call to a good King in the north, appointed Khun Jeuam, for the release. Khun Jeuam and its army is come, and after having conducted a great battle on the plain, defeated Chao Angka.
While some have argued that the giant pots were used to collect rain water to the monsoon, most archaeologists believe that the pots were used as funeral urns. Excavation by LAO and the Japanese archaeologists in the years who has supported this interpretation with the discovery of human remains, burial and the ceramics of goods around the stone jars. It is believed that the pots were used to place the corpses of dead persons where they have been left to decompose or 'distill', a practice that has been common in Thailand and Laos, usually in pits. It is believed that the bodies were left in the pots for the soft tissues to decompose and the body to dry before to be cremated. Once they had been cremated, the ash would have been returned to the URN, or can be buried in a sacred place, freeing the pots for re-use to decompose another body.
Archaeologists have not yet all the answers but, unfortunately, their work has been slowed by the fact that the Plain of Jars is one of the most dangerous of archaeological sites in the world. Dispersed in the plains are literally thousands of tonnes of unexploded bombs, landmines and other unexploded ordnance military, that contaminate more than 35 per cent of the total area of the province and continue to threaten the lives of 200,000 people who live today in Xieng Khouang.
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