Ceramics Study Group (NSW)

The Plain of Jars as a World Heritage Monument: opportunities and challenges

The Plain of Jars as a World Heritage Monument: opportunities and challenges
A massive sandstone jar with shallow cavity and narrow aperture, typical of Phoukoot district in the northwest of Xieng Khouang province, Laos. Photo courtesy of Lia Genovese


Join us for our exciting inaugural meeting for the year. In July 2019, the Plain of Jars was inscribed on UNESCO’S List of World Heritage (WH) Monuments for its Outstanding Universal Value. The more than 2000 jars spread over two Laotian provinces represent one of Mainland Southeast Asia’s archaeological mysteries. Lia’s presentation will summarise the WH nomination process and will discuss opportunities and challenges that await all stakeholders.

Lia Genovese obtained her Ph D from SOAS University of London for a thesis on ‘The Plain of Jars of Laos-Beyond Madeleine Colani’. She is a part-time lecturer at Thammasat and Silpakorn Universities in Bangkok. She also conducts fieldwork at the Plain of Jars and other megalithic sites in the region and serves on the organising committee for the 2022 IPPA Conference.

When: Friday, March 27 2020 6:00-8:00pm

Where:  UNSW Art & Design (COFA), Elwyn Lynn Conference Centre, Block G, level 1, Albion Ave, Paddington

Cost: TAASA members $20, non-members $30  Refreshments provided 

How to Book: Please RSVP to Margaret White (Margaret.artmoves@gmail.com) by March 23. Please make all bookings and payments in advance. No refunds. 

How to Pay
1.  By Direct Debit ('your name, CSG Jars' as reference)
BSB: 012 003     Account Number: 2185 28414
Account Name:   The Asian Arts Society of Australia

2. By credit card or Paypal on this website - see booking button on top right of this page


Caption for second image: A miniature pink sandstone jar from one of the sites inscribed on UNESCO's List of World Heritage Monument in July 2019. Photo courtesy of Lia Genovese

Friday, 27th March, 2020 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm