Plain of Jars. Phonsavan, Laos

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The Plain of Jars (Lao: ທົ່ງໄຫຫິນ [tʰōŋ hǎj hǐn]) is a megalithic archaeological landscape in Laos. Scattered in the landscape of the Xieng Khouang plateau,Xieng Khouang, Lao PDR, are thousands of megalithic jars. These stone jars appear in clusters, ranging from a single or a few to several hundred jars at lower foothills surrounding the central plain and upland valleys.

The Xieng Khouang Plateau is located at the northern end of the Annamese Cordillera, the principal mountain range of Indochina. Initial research of the Plain of Jars in the early 1930s claimed that the stone jars are 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 stone jars. The Plain of Jars is dated to the Iron Age (500 BCE to 500 CE) and is one of the most fascinating and important sites for studying Southeast Asian prehistory. The Plain of Jars has the potential to shed light on the relationship between increasingly complex societies and megalithic structures and provide insight into social organisation of Iron Age Southeast Asia’s communities. To visit the jar sites one would typically stay in Phonsavan.

Telah lama memasang niat untuk melihat sendiri Plain of Jars ini. Cita-cita ini tercapai pada 21 December 2011 bersama-sama suamiku, Abdul Rahim Mahmudin (Wak) dan rakan bikers lain iaitu Meor Zahrin dan Ding. Bagi saya tidak mudah untuk sampai kesini. Jalannya terlalu berliku dan curam. Kiri dan kanan jalan adalah gaung. Kabus masih kelihatan pada pukul 11.00 pagi waktu tempatan. Kedinginan mencapai 5 Degree C dimalam hari.

Terlalu kagum saya melihat binaan ini yg kuantitinya terlalu banyak berteraburan di beberapa lokasi di daerah ini.

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