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Published on March 31, 2015

A new five-year collaborative project between Lao and Australian researchers hopes to unlock secrets of the Plain of Jars

Introduction: A new five-year collaborative project between Lao and Australian researchers hopes to unlock more of the secrets behind the Plain of Jars, and help inform Lao government deliberations on a possible UNESCO World Heritage nomination for the internationally-acclaimed site.

Story: An Australian expert research team, in cooperation with the Lao Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, is preparing an extensive field survey at the Plain of Jars site in Xieng Khuang province.

An Australian archaeological research will contribute to the final process of the site’s UNESCO World Heritage nomination.

The project follows on from a high-level meeting held in Vientiane in July 2013, which was arranged by Australian researchers Dr Dougald O’Reilly and Dr Louise Shewan to reinvigorate the nomination process, funded by the Australian Commission to UNESCO. The participants included Lao officials, UNESCO and heritage experts.

The team will excavate sites including Site 52 located near Ban Pakeo and Site 1 or Ban Ang close to Ban Na-O.

The research team includes experts from the Australian National University in Canberra, Melbourne’s Monash University, James Cook University in Townsville, the University of New South Wales in Sydney, and GBG Australia, working together with colleagues from the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism.

Source: Lao National Television News in English
Broadcast on March 27, 2015