Photographer's Note

Day 10
Plain of Jars Site 1 is the most visited site of the 3 safest Plain of Jars sites to visit, and there is a restaurant near-by. It is a lot bigger than site 2, which we visited the previous day, and has 250 - 300 jars, thought to be 2000 years old. Here many of the jars are a lot bigger, some over 2m tall. The largest is 4m tall and weighs 6 tonnes. Some are made of granite instead of the more usual sandstone. They have approximately a third of the height under the ground. As explained yesterday very little is known about the purpose of the jars as nothing to analyse has been found in any of them. However, ashes of human remains have been found underneath some of the jars and elsewhere near-by, giving rise to the following hypothesis: it is thought that immediately after death the body was put into a jar to de-compose, so leaving the “essence” of the person. Only then could they take out the remains to be cremated and buried under the jar. It is thought each family member would use the same jar.
This photo shows one of the larger of the jars; the top of the lower side is about 2m (6ft) from the ground. Sorry there is nothing here to show the scale. The rim is not on all the jars. It is thought to be so they could put buffalo hide on the top as a cover. A few jars have a stone lid, carved to fit.
As with site 2 in yesterday’s post we had to stay within the MAG markers to be safe from UXOs (unexploded ordnance) left over from the Secret War. One of the WS photos is taken across a bomb crater looking over at some of the jars. You can see people there for scale. The other WS is taken looking down across the plain from where the jar in the main photo is.

Have a look in the theme on the left for details of the Secret War.

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