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Assam: 'Mysterious' giant stone jars found in India

Researchers have uncovered giant "mysterious" jars in India that may have been used for ancient human burial practices.

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.

The details of the discovery - which involved researchers from three universities in India and Australia - were published in the Journal of Asian Archaeology journal this week. The research was led by Tilok Thakuria from North-Eastern Hill University and Uttam Bathari from Gauhati University.

"We still don't know who made the giant jars or where they lived. It's all a bit of a mystery", said Nicholas Skopal, a researcher at the Australian National University who was part of the research team.

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