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ID: 7030171
Page Link: http://vocab.getty.edu/page/tgn/7030171

 

Record Type: physical
Hierarchy of Plain of Jars (plain)  Plain of Jars (plain)

Coordinates:
Lat: 19 27 00 N  degrees minutes   Lat: 19.4500  decimal degrees
Long: 103 10 00 E  degrees minutes   Long: 103.1660  decimal degrees

Note: Located on the Xiangkhoang Plateau in north-central Laos. The area is drained principally by the Ngum River, a southward-flowing tributary of the Mekong River. The plain is characterized by narrow river valleys and limestone and sandstone hills ranging from 3,000 to 3,600 feet in elevation. The plain's name is derived from hundreds of huge, ancient, carved stone jars. Traces of human remains have been found in the jars; they are believed to have been used in secondary burials, common in the Bronze and Iron Ages and still practiced in the region. The body would have been placed in the jar for months or years while the remains decomposed; then the bones would have been removed, cleaned and buried, or cremated. The area was a major battleground in the 1960s, when many jars were damaged or destroyed.

Names:
Thông Haihin (preferred,C,V,Lao-P,U,N)
Haihin, Thông (C,V)
Plain des Jarres (C,V,French-P,U,N)
Jars, Plain of (C,V,English,U,N)
Plain of Jars (C,V,English-P,U,N)
Khangmalèn (C,V)

Hierarchical Position:
Hierarchy of World (facet)    World (facet)
Hierarchy of Asia (continent)  ....  Asia (continent) (P)
Hierarchy of Lao (nation)  ........  Lao (nation) (P)
Hierarchy of Xiangkhouang (province)  ............  Xiangkhouang (province) (P)
Hierarchy of Plain of Jars (plain)  ................  Plain of Jars (plain) (P)

Place Types:
plain (preferred, C)
archaeological site (C)

Sources and Contributors:
Haihin, Thông..........  [VP]
..........................  NIMA, GEOnet Names Server (2003-2004)
Jars, Plain of..........  [VP]
.............................  Encyclopedia Britannica Online (2002-2014)
Khangmalèn..........  [VP]
.......................  NIMA, GEOnet Names Server (2003-2004)
Plain des Jarres..........  [VP]
.............................  Encyclopedia Britannica Online (2002-2014)
Plain of Jars..........  [VP]
..........................  Encyclopedia Britannica Online (2002-2014)
..........................  NIMA, GEOnet Names Server (2003-2004) accessed 10 November 2003
Thông Haihin..........  [VP Preferred]
.......................  Encyclopedia Britannica Online (2002-2014) accessed 10 November 2003
Subject: .....  [VP]
..................  Encyclopedia Britannica Online (2002-2014) accessed 10 November 2003
..................  NIMA, GEOnet Names Server (2003-2004) accessed 10 November 2003
 
Note:
English .......... [VP]
..........  Encyclopedia Britannica Online (2002-2014)
..........  Huge Urns, Los Angeles Times (2003)

 

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