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'Hai Jeuam' at Ban Ang (Plain of Jars, Site 1), is the grand daddy of the jars. It weighs 6 or 7 tonnes, & is 3 metres high. There are 3 theories as to what these jars were used for.

1. The local legend is that an evil king, (Angka) once ruled these parts in 600 ad. The local inhabitants appealed to the good king of the north (Jeuam) to liberate them. He successfully defeated Angka & the locals celebrated by making rice wine in these jars. The largest jar, Hai Jeuam, is named in honour of this good king.

2. Another theory is that the jars were used to store rice. There are broken lids beside many jars.

3. A third (& more credible theory) is that the jars, which are arranged on hilltops & in valleys, are more likely to be a cemetary. Human remains were found adjacent to many jars, by French explorers in the 1920's & '30s. Additionally, similar jars in India & Vietnam have been found to contain funerary ashes.

This website has some incredible aerial images of the bomb craters:

bomb craters

There are 3 main groups of jars: Sites 1,2, & 3, with dozens of various sized jars, with others scattered around the plains in groups of 20 or less. The estimated age of the jars is 2000 years old.

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