The Plain of Jars in the Xieng Khouang plain of Laos is a curious phenomenon that has had archaeologists and the like scratching their heads for years. The unusual site has thousands of megalithic stone jars scattered across nearly one hundred sites deep in the mountains of northern Laos, and has fascinated archaeologists and scientists ever since their discovery in the 1930s.
Now, according to an Australian National University (ANU) press release, more mysterious jars of the dead have been found. ANU archaeologists have reported 15 new sites containing 137 new examples of the more than 1500-year-old massive jars. The new sites are showing that the distribution of the jars is wider than previously thought.
The Plain of Jars
The unusual site known as the Plain of Jars is dated to the Iron Age (500 BC to 500 AD) and is made up of at least 3,000 giant stone jars up to 3 meters tall and weighing several tons. Most are made of sandstone but there are others made of much harder granite and limestone.