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Mysterious’ giant stone jars found in India

Written by on March 31, 2022

The 65 sandstone jars were found scattered over four sites in the north-eastern state of Assam.

They vary in shape and size. Some of the jars are tall and cylindrical, while the others are partly or fully buried in the ground.

Similar stone vessels have previously been found in Laos and Indonesia.

Although it is still not clear what the giant jars were used for, the researchers believe they were “likely associated with mortuary practices”.

“There are stories from the Naga people (an ethnic group in north-eastern India) of finding the Assam jars filled with cremated remains, beads and other material artefacts.

Even though the jars were empty they had lids.

The jars in Laos which were uncovered in 2016 were believed to have been placed in Xieng Khouang province at least 2,000 years ago.

Researchers had then discovered three different types of burials: bones placed in pits with a large limestone block on top, bones buried in ceramic vessels, and a single body in a grave.

“The size and structure of the jars found in Assam and Laos are very similar. There’s some variation in shape and size though. The ones in Assam are more bulbous, whereas the ones in Laos are more cylindrical.

Researchers believe them to be burial jars similar to what housed mummies in Eygpt.

Now that should be a sight to see right?


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