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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

Jangru DingByang ru sdings

Basic site data

  • Site name: Jangru DingByang ru sdings
  • English equivalent: Northern Division Tableland
  • Site number: B-85
  • Site typology: I.2x
  • Elevation: 4310 m
  • Administrative location (township): DrongkarGrong dkar
  • Administrative location (county): Damzhung’Dam gzhung
  • Survey expedition: HTWE
  • Survey date: May 6, 2004
  • Contemporary usage: None.
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: None.
  • Maps: UTRS IX
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General site characteristics

Jangru DingByang ru sdings is situated on a fairly level low-lying ridge top that is bounded on the east by the Drongkar ChuGrong dkar chu. On the west side it is flanked by a ravine. Due to the presence of many rocky mounds and depressions the surface of the site is undulating. Stones of erstwhile structures are scattered everywhere but there are no coherent walls left. The archaeological dispersion (170 m by 55 m) covers the entire ridge-top and appears to represent what was once a large settlement. During recent informal excavations human bones and ceramic shards have been recovered from the site. Shallow excavations have taken place all over Jangru DingByang ru sdings to collect stones for local construction projects. Township officials report that both square and round stone feet used to support pillars were also discovered at the site (none were available for inspection because they have been used in the construction of walls in local homes). In an excavation (1.8 m in depth) that had been carried out on the east side of Jangru DingByang ru sdings, a human rib bone and fire-blackened unglazed redware were clear to see. This evidence does indeed indicate that Jangru DingByang ru sdings was a locus of permanent habitation.

Oral tradition

According to local sources, Jangru DingByang ru sdings was a large ancient settlement destroyed by the Jungarjun gar in the 18th century CE.


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.