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Mysterious 1,000-Year-Old 'Jars of the Dead' Discovered in Remote Forest

Mysterious 1,000-Year-Old 'Jars of the Dead' Discovered in Remote Forest

Researchers have uncovered 15 sites in the Southeast Asian country of Laos containing more than a hundred huge stone jars from around 1,000 years ago. The jars are thought to have once been used to store the dead.

Thousands of similar jars have been found throughout the valleys and foothills of the central Xiangkhoang Plateau, but their origins and purpose have long-puzzled archaeologists. One theory proposes that dead bodies were placed inside as part of a complex set of burial practices.