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We next visited the Plain of Jars site 2. There have been about 20 sites of these large stone jars discovered, with only 5 sites easily accessible, and only sites 1, 2 and 3 having been cleared of UXOs, (unexploded ordnance from the Secret War). MAG(UK) have put markers on the paths, with instructions to stay well within the white side of them (see WS). The bombing in the area destroyed about 20% of the jars, which considering the extent of the bombing was remarkably little. The purpose of the jars is not known. One theory is that they were used as sarcophagi, but no sign of human remains has been found inside the jars. Another theory suggests they were used to store and transport the local alcoholic rice drink, lao lao. There is also little evidence to use for dating the jars, but they are thought to be about 2000 years old. Mostly the jars are sandstone and markings show they have been shaped and hollowed out from solid rocks. Archeological work done so far has not uncovered any tools, nor is there any evidence to show how the jars were transported to their present positions or why. War and the presence of UXOs have limited archeological work until now. There is a new working hypothesis about the purpose of the jars, which I will save for my post at Site 1 on day10.
En route to the Plain of Jars we saw a MAG vehicle in a field as we passed. While we were at the site we heard a loud explosion. Another chilling reminder of what these people live with every day.

As well as the MAG marker in the WS there is another shot from this site.
To check out the MAG website click here
To find more information on the Secret War and its aftermath click on the theme at the left

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Additional Photos by Kath Featherstone (feather) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7646 W: 399 N: 14391] (51130)
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