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Antiquities of Zhang Zhung
by John Vincent Bellezza
Edited by Geoffrey Barstow, Mickey Stockwell and Michael White
Tibetan & Himalayan Library
Published under the THL Digital Text License.

I.1. Residential Structures Occupying Summits: Fortresses, breastworks, religious buildings, palaces, and related edifices

Drakgu SeldrönBrag gu gsal sgron

Basic site data

  • Site name: Drakgu SeldrönBrag gu gsal sgron
  • English equivalent: Bright Lamp Rock Formation
  • Site number: A-97
  • Site typology: I.1c
  • Administrative location (township): JakhyungBya khyung
  • Administrative location (county): PelgönDpal mgon
  • Elevation: 4700 m
  • Survey schedule: HTCE
  • Survey date: September 19, 2002.
  • Contemporary usage: None.
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: A small cairn and a few plaques inscribed with the manima ṇi mantra on summit.
  • Maps: UTRS IX
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General site characteristics

The white limestone formation of Drakgu SeldrönBrag gu gsal sgron protrudes into the north side of Dungchak TsoMdung chags mtsho, boasting an environmental setting often favored by archaic cultural horizon builders. The site occupies a strategic location in a vast basin with unencumbered views in all directions. The headland was once an island as evidenced by the lakeshore terraces surrounding it. The roots of what appears to have been a defensive wall is located where the turf-covered broad lower slopes give way to limestone crags, some 60 m above the lakeshore. This structure probably stretched 54 m across the breadth of the headland’s north side, however, exceedingly little of it is left intact. The wall is a maximum of 80 cm high on its down-slope side and 50 cm high on its up-slope side. Undressed stones were used in construction. The wall bounds a flat (200 m²) between two outcrops.

Oral tradition

Drokpa’Brog pa of the region report that Drakgu SeldrönBrag gu gsal sgron is an ancient fortification.

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Note Citation for Page

John Vincent Bellezza, Antiquities of Zhang Zhung: A Comprehensive Inventory of Pre-Buddhist Archaeological Monuments on the Tibetan Upland (Charlottesville, VA: Tibetan & Himalayan Library, 2010), .

Bibliographic Citation

John Vincent Bellezza. Antiquities of Zhang Zhung: A Comprehensive Inventory of Pre-Buddhist Archaeological Monuments on the Tibetan Upland. Charlottesville, VA: Tibetan & Himalayan Library, 2010.