Friday, February 08, 2008

The Plain of (Giant) Jars

One of the world's most mysterious archaeological sites lies in the mountains of northern Laos in South East Asia. There, thousands of enormous stone jars line a long, straight path though the highlands. Some of the jars weigh more than 13 tons and are covered with disc-shaped lids. A few are filled with tiny statues of Buddha. Those who’ve come across the rows of huge, empty vessels sitting miles from any human habitation have found the site quite spooky.

The jars, which are estimated to be 1,500 to 2,000 years old, are thought to have been the work of the ancient Mon-Khmer race. Other than that, very little is known about them. Laotian legends tell of giants who once roamed the Xieng Khouang plain, but archaeologists (who don’t usually believe in giants) claim that the jars may once have been funeral urns.

Sadly, the Plain of Jars is also one of the most dangerous places in the world. During the Vietnam War, the US bombarded Laos, and the country's highlands are still littered with unexploded bombs.

Read more here. And see more pictures here.


Anonymous Lilly said...

wow! I want to go there...
too bad i might get blown up if i did

6:13 PM  
Anonymous Kurosignal said...

That's cool, but I don't want to be 'sploded.

Imagine getting one of those in the mail. Walkng out to find a giant urn sitting on your mailbox. "Mom! Mail's here!"
...sorry, that's random.

7:00 PM  
Blogger ookamishinzui said...

Wow, I wonder how they made them....

9:18 PM  
Blogger Kitty said...

I wanna see If I can climb inside... LOL XD

11:26 PM  
Anonymous Lara said...

wow!!! I almost went to Laos last time i was in Asia. I wish i'd gone now.
Thats sad about the land minds. A similar thing is happening in Cambodia, after the Khmer Rouge. when i went there i met a lot of people with missing limbs because they had been blown up by land mines that are still left from the genocide.
After i went i read a lot of books about it and it was very sad.

10:30 AM  
Blogger Patsee said...

Maybe people lived in them...

12:35 PM  
Blogger Spring said...

"Last time you were in Asia..." Lara.... you must travel a lot? I've only ever been to ONE other country. Canada. LOL.

5:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yet this never manages to get on the news! the country is hiding things from us!

5:43 PM  
Anonymous Lara said...

Spring:hmmmm.....yeah, i guess you could say i travel a lot. Its mainly for my dad's work, thats why i live in live Florida now(im not American,im english). now but i went around Asia(thailand,cambodia,burma,malyasia and taiwan) for a backpacking trip for 6 months last September.
We were actually planning to move back to France next summer(i grew up there) but im staying in America instead.

9:30 AM  

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