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This historical site is exactly as it sounds. The jars in question are large megalithic stone objects which can be found as singular entities, in small groups, or in large groups of one hundred or more, spread across Xieng Khouang plateau. This land is situated at the north end of the Annamite Range of mountains, the main range in Indochina. Archaeological excavation of the site has supported the theory that the Plain of Jars is a prehistoric burial site dating to the Iron Age. Why not possess a lovely piece of memorabilia of this important historical site by purchasing this resin fridge magnet from World-wide-gifts.com Internet Store.
The Jar Sites
Amazingly there are over ninety known sites across Xieng Khouang plateau where the jars exist. The number of jars at each site varies greatly from only one in places to four hundred elsewhere. All the jars are made from rock, the majority material is sandstone. The jars vary in height and diameter but the vast majority of them have rims. This suggests that at some point they had lids. The fact that very few stone lids have been found, and these were not on the jars, seems to suggest that the lids were made from a perishable substance. In addition to the jars, stone discs can be found across the site; these were markers for grave sites. The jars themselves were made from locally quarried stones; as well as sandstone quarries, evidence has been found of quarries containing granite, conglomerate, limestone and breccia.
The Legend And History Of The Plain of Jars
Despite the archaeological studies, and related theories, there are several local stories surrounding the creation and use of the jars. One legend says that a giant king, Khun Cheung, waged a long war against an enemy which he eventually won. To help with the celebrations he brewed and stored considerable amounts of rice wine in the jars. Locals did at one point believe that the jars were made from materials such as animal products, sugar, sand and clay which were moulded into a type of stone. They believed a cave on the site may have been a kiln used in the creation of the jars. A further suggestion for the reason behind the creation of the jars is that they were used by travellers in caravans to collect rain water for use.
The Cuisine Of Laos
If you decide to visit Laos to see the Plain of Jars you may be lucky enough to sample the local Lao cuisine. Sticky rice is a staple food of the country and is usually eaten by hand by the locals. One of the most famous dishes eaten, in addition to the rice, is Larb. This meal is spicy and consists of marinated meat and/or fish which is sometimes eaten raw. Tam mak hoong is another popular dish. This is a spicy papaya salad made from shredded unripe papaya fruit. Lao cuisine varies around the country, often depending on the availability of products. In the capital Vientiane there is a French influence and restaurants featuring that cuisine are popular. So if you visit the Plain of Jars there is plenty of good food to eat whilst in the country. There is also a little piece of memorabilia available, whether you travel or not, in the form of this resin fridge magnet. Why not purchase one from World-wide-gifts.com Internet Store.