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In the mountains of northern Laos in Xieng Khouang province, are scattered thousands of giant stone jars each weighing several tons. The jars appear in clusters ranging from a single jar to several hundred, on the lower foothills surrounding the central plain and upland valleys. There is an estimated 3,000 jars scattered across 90 sites in Xieng Khouang province. Each jar is up to 3 meters tall and all are hewn out of rock, often sandstone, but also of harder granite and limestone. Some jars are decorated with bas relief on the exterior. The Plain of Jars is believed to be 2,000 years old and is one of the most important archaeological site of Southeast Asia.

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