One of the most enigmatic sights in the world located in the province of Xieng Khouang, shortly after she was named Lao archaeological mystery. And today the origin of the creations of human hands remains a mystery over which unsuccessfully fighting researchers.
A Unique platform on which there are amazing artifacts, was discovered in 1930. Valley of the pitchers as they called it, scientists, intrigued by the giant bowls with large openings. Giant size vintage vessels suggests that once upon a time there used to be tribes of giants. By the way, and local legends say about ancient giants supposedly stored in these jugs of strong wine.
It Was found about 4 thousand containers with a height up to 3 metres, lying next to a huge cover, which was probably closed content in the artifacts. On the surface some discs are carved of a strange circle on the other layer completely flattened, leaving only a small cone. We can only guess how much time was spent on this activity. Yes and caved in a huge hole vessel to considerable depth – it is not one month and maybe even years.
In the course of the study were the age of ancient objects – they are about 2 thousand years. It is believed that they belong to the so-called iron age. In the area where was found the jug, and inside they found bones, beads, stone and ceramic fragments.
Gigantic Heavy items – the weight of one of the vessel exceeds 6 thousands of pounds – are mostly cylindrical in shape, but some of them are oval, or rectangle. Interestingly, not near the same stone that made the jugs, so scientists tend to believe that from that brought. But who and why dragged the heavy vessels? The answer to this question will not give any one researcher. And no one will tell you why huge capacity scattered over such a large area of Laos.
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Valley of the jars keeps many secrets, and one of the major issues that has plagued archaeologists: what exactly was stored in the vessels? Besides the version about the guilt, there are other guesses. Some researchers adhere to the theory that standing on the earth vessels are recruited during heavy rains moisture and was intended to quench the thirst of travelers engaged in trade. And unusual items found inside the stone artifacts represent offerings to the ancient gods with a request to send water to drink.
Another theory put forward by scientists who believe that Valley of the jars associated with the funerary cult. Close to one plateau, where are found strange objects, found a cave with traces of soot on the holes located at the top, obviously done by human hands. There is an assumption that there were burnt bodies of the dead, and soot left after the smoke during cremation.
But as to what was kept still in a huge vessel, versions differ. Some scientists believe that inside the jars were buried the ashes of the ancient ancestors, while others put forward the hypothesis that cremation did not occur immediately after death, but after a certain period of time. And until I passed a certain period, the remains lay in an urn, waiting in the wings.
Archaeologists discovered the bones near the unusual jugs, offered another version which was the finding of the body of the deceased inside the vessel, and the relatives of the deceased is buried just around the gigantic pot. But so far none of the hypotheses are not confirmed and have not denied.
Tourists coming to Laos with the purpose to see firsthand the existence of a mysterious vessel, are not available on all platforms. The fact that in times of war, when the Americans dropped bombs in the provinces of the country, many artifacts have been destroyed, and unexploded ordnance store mortal danger to all visitors.
Unfortunately, so far not been the object of UNESCO world heritage plain of jars, where a large number of mines, the Authorities have been trying to give these lands a special status that would help to clear the area of ordnance, and to increase the tourist flow. Then the inspection would be available all the vast territory of the valley, not 3 safe landings.
The plain of jars in Laos sometimes is a sad spectacle, and it is not always associated with military operations. As a result of natural phenomena, when inside the vessel gets the seed of a tree giant bowls are breaking in two under the force developed root system. And such ancient ruined artifacts added each year.
The Amazing plain of jars holds many secrets, and no one knows when all the questions will know the answers. After all, the explanation of the history of ancient civilization, the life which left only the giant vessels will be a key momentwhich, perhaps, will change a lot in the scientific life of our society. It is hoped that new studies of a unique area a little lift the veil of secrecy.
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