Ancient human remains, artefacts unearthed at Plain of Jars in Laos

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Excavations by Lao and Australian archaeologists at the Plain of Jars Site 1 in Paek district, Xieng Khuang province, have uncovered three human remains and some artefacts dating back 2,500-3,000 years, according to Vientiane Times.

Two human remains were found together at Jar Site 1 some 70cm underground while the third was discovered 13 metres away.

This was the third collaborative excavation by the team of archaeologists from the Archaeology Division of the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism’s Department of National Heritage, and the Australian National University.

The team has also worked with provincial and district information, culture and tourism sectors to examine the remains and artefacts since they first visited the site, where they worked from Feb 7-29.

Archaeology Division Director Dr Thonglith Luangkhoth said the remains and artefacts were located about 8km from the centre of Phonsavanh district, and were now being kept safe in the provincial museum.

“This discovery marks a significant milestone since archaeological excavations began in the area in 1930 in collaboration with a French archaeologist,” he said.