L A O S
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and the Plain of Jars
The Plain of Jars, near Phonsavan, Laos, are a bit of a mystery. There are a few thousand jars, spread over 30 square miles, in various sizes, ranging from only 18" high to 8'.
Were the jars carved from stone, or are they fired ceramic? (We think they look carved, but there's a cave nearby, supposedly used as a kiln.) Were they used for burials, or for storing food or wine?
No one really knows, but there are plenty of theories. A few Lao students are completing doctorates in the US and England right now (early 2001), and are planning to do some serious research starting soon. Maybe there will be some answers in the next few years.
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