Photographer's Note

‘Phonsavan - Jars in the forest’

Back to ‘Jar site 2’ of the Plain of Jars near Phonsavan.
A while ago I already showed some pictures of it.

The ‘jars’ are actually giant stone pots scattered over some valleys and lower foothills of the central plain of the Xiangkhouang Plateau.
They date to the Iron Age (500 BCE to 500 CE).

In 1930 a French researcher concluded that the jars were associated with prehistoric burial practices.
The actual facts are not known with certainty. Presumably the bodies of the deceased were kept in the large pots until - according to the local customs and culture of the inhabitants - it was time to bury or cremate them.
In Xiangkhouang Province more than 90 jar sites have been found. Most of them on three major sites.
All jars are hewn from rock and vary in height and diameter between 1 metre and 3 metres.
They have a cylindrical shape with the bottom wider than the top.

This place has a lot of significance for the people of Laos.
This due to the not-so-distant history of the region and the ‘Secret War’ of the USA in Laos in the period from 1964 to 1973.
Officially, the USA were never at war with Laos. Yet, in history Laos became the most heavily bombed country per capita. The U.S. Air Force dropped 262 million cluster bombs of which 80 million did not explode and became a problem for later generations.
The purpose of those American bombings was to hit the Pathet Lao and the traffic along the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

I visited this site with a guide and a Czech tourist.
Occasionally we met Laotian visitors and we heard our guide say something to them of which I only understood the word 'Amelika'.
When asked, he said he just informed the other groups that we were not American ...

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  • Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5669 W: 17 N: 13723] (54809)
  • Genre: Luoghi
  • Medium: Colore
  • Date Taken: 2019-12-14
  • Esposizione: f/0.1, 30 secondi
  • Versione Foto: Versione Originale, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2020-11-18 1:59
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