Plain of Jars

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Plain of Jars,

region, N Laos, at the northern end of the Annamese CordilleraAnnamese Cordillera
, Fr. Chaîne Annamitique, principal mountain range of mainland Southeast Asia, extending c.700 mi (1,130 km) from N central Laos SE to S central Vietnam; Ngoc Linh (8,524 ft/2,598 m) in Vietnam is the highest peak.
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. Over 300 carved stone jars, c.1,500 to 2,000 years old, are scattered across its landscape. Averaging 272 lbs (600 kg), the jars range from 3 to 10 ft (1–3 m) in height. Their origin and function remain mysteries. From the mid-1960s through the early 70s, the Plain of Jars was the scene of heavy fighting between the Pathet Lao and U.S.-backed troops.
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