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

II.1. Stelae and accompanying structures: Funerary and non-funerary structures

Shamzha DoringGsham zha rdo ring

Basic site data

  • Site name: Shamzha DoringGsham zha rdo ring (sp.?)
  • Site number: C-106
  • Site typology: II.1b
  • Elevation: 4750 m
  • Administrative location (township): ChönkhorChos ’khor
  • Administrative location (county): Drongpa’Brong pa
  • Survey expedition: HTCE
  • Survey date: April 24, 2002
  • Contemporary usage: Light grazing.
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: None.
  • Maps: UTRS XI, HAS C6
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General site characteristics

The walled pillars of Shamzha DoringGsham zha rdo ring are located in the YorchuYor chu valley bottom, about 100 m from the bank of the stream. The site has expansive views both up (east) and down (west) the valley. To the east the lofty sacred mountain Lönpo GangriBlon po gangs ri is visible. To the north and south, the mountains bounding the YorchuYor chu valley constrain the vistas. The terrain is sandy with a sparse covering of grass. A few stones have been piled around the base of the four pillars.

Oral tradition

According to local inhabitants, Shamzha DoringGsham zha rdo ring is a primordial monument.

Site elements


Exceedingly little of the enclosure remains intact. Presumably, a scattering of stones around the site were once part of its perimeter walls. The enclosure appears to have been aligned in the cardinal directions and approximately measures 10 m (east-west) by 5 m (north-south). The enclosure is elevated about 50 cm above the surrounding terrain. The perimeter walls were built of igneous cobbles and other types of rock of variable length (mostly 20 cm to 40 cm long).


The four pinkish and gray standing stones form a row 2 m in length. The broad sides of the highly eroded pillars are oriented north and south, as is typical in this type (II.1b) of monument. From south to north, the dimensions and forms of the pillars are as follows:

  1. Long-stone DR1: broken at the base.
  2. Long-stone DR2: tabular (55 cm [height] by 75 cm [basal girth]).
  3. Long-stone DR3: tabular (50 cm by 90 cm). This specimen has been broken. Its original height was in the vicinity of 1 m.
  4. Long-stone DR4: tabular (65 cm by 70 cm).

Note Citation for Page

John Vincent Bellezza, (Charlottesville, VA: Tibetan & Himalayan Library, 2010), .

Bibliographic Citation

John Vincent Bellezza. . Charlottesville, VA: Tibetan & Himalayan Library, 2010.