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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.2. Residential Structures in Other Locations: Religious and Elite Residences

Doring KhangroRdo ring khang ro

Basic site data

  • Site name: Doring KhangroRdo ring khang ro
  • English equivalent: Long-stone Ruined House
  • Site number: B-82
  • Site typology: I.2x
  • Elevation: 4870 m
  • Administrative location (township): RuntorRu ’thor
  • Administrative location (county): Drongpa’Brong pa
  • Survey expedition: HTCE
  • Survey date: June 12, 2002
  • Contemporary usage: Light grazing.
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: None.
  • Maps: UTRS VI
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General site characteristics

Although the Doring KhangroRdo ring khang ro site does not contain compelling structural evidence of an ancient settlement, I have included it in the survey of sites due to the local oral tradition with which it is associated. Doring KhangroRdo ring khang ro is situated in a side valley just north of a vast basin. This valley has a number of springs. The well-drained gravel-covered ground of the putative ancient settlement is found on the north margin of the valley at the foot of a rocky hill. The location has been heavily impacted by the construction of pastoral camps in the pre-modern period, which still receive some usage in the wintertime. So thorough was the transformation of the site that virtually nothing of an earlier settlement can be detected on the surface. On the west end of Doring KhangroRdo ring khang ro there may be fragments of old footings incorporated into pastoral enclosures but the structural evidence is not conclusive.

Oral tradition

Doring KhangroRdo ring khang ro is an ancient MönMon habitation, say local drokpa’brog pa. The large corrals (with walls up to 2 m in height), the old manima ṇi wall, and shepherd shelters at the site were constructed with stones extracted from the ancient ruins.

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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.