UNRAVELLING THE MYSTERY OF THE PLAIN OF JARS, LAOS
Grant number: DP150101164 | Funding period: 2017 - 2020
Since their discovery in the 1930s, the mysterious collections of giant stone jars scattered throughout central Laos have remained one of the great prehistoric puzzles of south-east (SE) Asia. It is thought that the jars represent the mortuary remains of an extensive and powerful Iron Age culture. This project seeks to determine the true nature of these sites, which date to a dynamic period of increasing complexity in SE Asia (c.500BCE-500CE). The project entails extensive reconnaissance, precision mapping, archaeological excavation and analysis of associated burial material. Using a suite of cutting-edge archaeological technologies, it is expected to have far-reaching benefits for archaeolo..View full description
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Dating the megalithic culture of laos: Radiocarbon, optically stimulated luminescence and U/Pb zircon results
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Ban Pha Tai: The excavation and dating of a buried megalithic jar in Xieng Khouang, Lao PDR
D O'Reilly, L Shewan, M Khamphouvong, A Butphachit, T Luangkoth, N Skopal, S Bounxayhip
Thousands of carved stone jars dot the landscape of Northern Laos, yet little is known about this expansive megalithic culture, th..
Jars of the jungle: A report on newly discovered and documented megalithic jar sites in Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Nicholas Skopal, Souliya Bounxaythip, Louise Shewan, Dougald O’Reilly, Thonglith Luangkhoth, Julie Van Den Bergh
Xieng Khouang and neighboring provinces in Central Laos are home to a vast megalithic landscape featuring large stone jars, discs,..
Excavating among the megaliths: recent research at the "Plain of Jars' site 1 in Laos
Dougald O'Reilly, Louise Shewan, Kate Domett, Sian E Halcrow, Thonglith Luangkhoth
The date and significance of the megalithic jar sites of central Laos are comparatively poorly understood features of the Southeas..