Spooky pots containing remains of dead BABIES found in mysterious ‘Plain of Jars’ – where thousands could be buried


MYSTERIOUS stone pots found in South East Asia contain the ancient remains of at least ten babies.

The children are thought to have been wiped out by disease or famine more than 1,000 years ago before they were laid to rest in the jars.

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Scientists say the infant burials could number in their thousands[/caption]

They’re part of a collection of thousands of giant ancient pots where people dumped corpses from 8000 BC to 1200 AD.

Scattered across eery forests and baking plains in Laos, the containers – some reaching 10ft high and weighing two tons – were likely used by remote tribes as part of ritualistic burials.

Scientists discover hundreds more every year, and a recent expedition uncovered the remains of babies and infants in a group of newly found jars.

Of 18 corpses found inside burial jars during the new dig, more than 60 per cent were infants or babies.

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The children are thought to have been wiped out by disease or famine more than 1,000 years ago before they were laid to rest in the jars[/caption]

Antiquity Publications Ltd, 2019

The remains of 18 people were discovered. At least ten of them were children[/caption]

Almost half had died at the foetal stage or in early infancy.

As part of the new research, researchers from the University of Melbourne excavated a site near Ban Nahoung in northern Laos.

The region holds nearly 400 jars, and scientists think thousands more could be buried across the site.

A tooth disease known as dental enamel hypoplasia affected the teeth of four of the infants found.

This suggests local tribes were ravaged by famine or disease between the 10th and 13th centuries AD, scientists said.

The dates place the largely infant burial site later than the rest of the region, which archaeologists think was used from 8200 BC to 1200 AD.


Part of the new dig site cleared of grass ready for work
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During earlier excavations, scientists found 2,500-year-old skeletons among the so-called “Jars of the Dead”

Bone-hunters also found glass beads, ear discs, a pendant and ceramic pots, similar to those found at previous sites.

The so-called “Jars of the Dead” are among the world’s most baffling archaeological mysteries.

Thousands of the creepy urns have been found spread across the secluded mountains of northern Laos since French colonisers stumbled upon them in the 1930s.

The Jars of the Dead

Here's everything you need to know…

  • The Jars of the Dead is a collection of thousands of mysterious ancient jars discovered in the 1930s
  • Over the past century, nearly one hundred sites have been found deep in the mountains of northern Laos, in Southeast Asia
  • Each jar, some as high as three metres, weighs several tonnes
  • The sandstone, granite and limestone used to make them was potentially dragged hundreds of miles
  • Scientists aren’t sure what the jars, which date to between 500 BC and 500 AD, were built for
  • The leading theory is that ancient tribes used to dump bodies in them as part of a traditional funeral
  • A local legend says the jars were built by giants for victorious winemaking after a huge battle in the region 1,500 years ago
  • One of the biggest collection of urns, the Plain of Jars, is soon to become a world heritage site

Made of dense sandstone or granite, some reach a staggering three metres tall. The majority date back to the Iron Age, between 500 BC and 500 AD.

Scientists still aren’t sure who built them, or precisely what they were used for, though skeletons at some of the sites suggest a link to burial rituals.

In May, a separate team of Australian scientists discovered 137 of the creepy jars at 15 new sites across Laos, shedding fresh light on their elusive origins.

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Some of the jars stretch 10ft tall, weighing several tonnes[/caption]

The jars are spread across the plains and forests of the Laos’ mountainous northern regions. Pictured are a collection of the jars in a forest

They’re about 1,000 years old – more recent than most Jars of the Dead – and were somehow dragged miles to their eventual resting places from far-flung quarries.

In total, more than 100 sites housing Jars of the Dead have been found so far. They’re known collectively as the Plain of Jars.

Urns are mostly arranged in clusters ranging in number from one to several hundred.

Soon to become a World Heritage site, scientists plan to continue excavations to uncover all they can about the ancient people of Laos.

And while they’re convinced the jars are giant ancient urns, locals have a different idea.

Legend has it the jars were placed there by giants more than a thousand years ago.

The mystical folk supposedly used them for victorious winemaking after a huge battle – though we certainly wouldn’t recommend drinking from one.

Scientists have found thousands of jars across more than 100 sites
The jars are mostly arranged in clusters ranging from one to several hundred

In other archaeology news, an ancient shaman’s bag holding cocaine and a pipe for smoking ‘psychedelic herbs’ was recently found in South America.

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And here’s a list of the bizarre ancient punishments that will make you squirm.

What do you think the jars were used for? Let us know in the comments!

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