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XIENG KHOUANG - "Plain of Jars"

The name "Plain of Jars" is quite misleading, as the 2500 stone jars are scattered at about 90 different sites in the countryside around the town of Phonsavan. Most of the sites occupies hillsides or hilltops. Only 3-4 of the sites are declared (partly) safe from UXO's. (Unexploded ordnance)
Who made these jars 1500-2500 years ago, what they were used for and how they were built is still a mystery...
Bomb crater near site 3
Bomb crater near site 3
Site 3
Site 3
Site 3
Site 3
site 3
site 3
Site 3
Site 3
UXO-info at site 3
UXO-info at site 3
UXO-markers at site 3
UXO-markers at site 3
Russian armored wehicle
Russian armored wehicle
The road to site 2
The "road" to site 2
Lid at site 2
Lid at site 2
Site 2
Site 2
Site 2
Site 2
Site 2
Site 2
Site 2
Site 2
Site 2
Site 2
Site 2
Site 2
Lunch in a village near site 2
Lunch in a village near site 2
UXO-info at site 1, the most accessible of the sites just outside Phonsavan
UXO-info at site 1, the most accessible of the sites just outside Phonsavan
Site 1
Site 1
The largest jar
The largest jar
Site 1
Site 1
Site 1
Site 1
Cave near site 1. Used as shelter by both civilians and Pathet Lao during the american secret war
Cave near site 1. Used as shelter by both civilians and Pathet Lao during the american "secret war"
Bomb crater oustside the cave
Bomb crater oustside the cave
Killer bees on the cave ceiling
"Killer bees" on the cave ceiling
Shrine in the cave
Shrine in the cave
Bomb crater by site 1
Bomb crater by site 1
Site 1
Site 1
Site 1 and Xieng Kouang Airport
Site 1 and Xieng Kouang Airport