Drone flights over the Plain of Jars

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In September I was in Laos and I had the opportunity to visit the Plain of Jars, or at least, a few of the jar sites that dot central Laos around Xieng Khouang province. There are over 2,000 jars spread out in over 100 sites. Not all of them are accessible, because of the presence of UXOs, and several have been destroyed due to war and development.

Aerial view of the Plain of Jars Site 1

Aerial view of the Plain of Jars Site 1

The megalithic jars are somewhat unique in Southeast Asia – less known, but distinctively peculiar and in need of further study. They are associated with burials, and the jars themselves display a large variability in forms and sizes and distribution. Despite the rainy weather, I was fortunate to be able to take the UAV out for a spin over various sites:

Hmong girl carrying firewood at Xieng Khouang Province, Laos

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Lia Genovese

Lia Genovese

Lia Genovese
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London
Photo relates to Southeast Asian Archaeology and particularly a lovely and friendly Hmong schoolgirl I came across during my doctoral fieldwork at the Plain of Jars, Laos. I was captivated by her toothy smile but felt very sad for her heavy load and because she should have been at school rather than carrying a heavy load on her thin, child-like shoulders.