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by John Vincent Bellezza
Edited by Geoffrey Barstow, Mickey Stockwell and Michael White
Tibetan & Himalayan Library
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II.1. Stelae and accompanying structures: Funerary and non-funerary structures

Yachü DoringG.ya’ bcud rdo ring

Basic site data

  • Site name: Yachü DoringG.ya’ bcud rdo ring
  • English equivalent: Chrysoplenium carnosum Long-stones
  • Site number: C-110
  • Site typology: II.1b
  • Elevation: 4770 m
  • Administrative location (township): BaryangBar yangs
  • Administrative location (county): Drongpa’Brong pa
  • Survey expedition: HTCE
  • Survey date: April 28, 2002
  • Contemporary usage: Light grazing.
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: None.
  • Maps: UTRS XI, HAS C5
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General site characteristics

Yachü DoringG.ya’ bcud rdo ring is named for the high altitude medicinal herb Chrysoplenium carnosum (also known as yakyimag.ya’ kyi ma). This site is located in the NyintröSnying ’khrod drainage system on the broad right/west side of a valley. The eastern vista is wide open but, in other directions, the view is much more constrained. The barren terrain is gently sloping and gravelly. A seasonal wash has formed cutting away at the bench to within 1.5 m of Yachü DoringG.ya’ bcud rdo ring.

Oral tradition

None was collected.

Site elements


A 3.7 m long fragment of the north wall of the enclosure has persisted. This wall fragment has been reduced to a single line of slabs (around 30 cm long), which are flush with the ground surface or slightly raised above it. At what was the southwest corner of the enclosure a single stone is in place. This stone is 4.5 m from the opposite/northwest corner of the enclosure, delineating the probable width of the enclosure. The enclosure does not appear to have been well aligned in the cardinal directions.


There are four highly eroded pillars at Yachü DoringG.ya’ bcud rdo ring. They host orange climax lichen, as do many ancient pillars in Upper Tibet. From south to north, the long-stones have the following dimensions and characteristics:

  1. Long-stone DR1: unevenly tabular, beige (1.3 m [height] by 1.1 m [basal girth]). The broad sides of this inclined specimen face in the anomalous east and west directions.
  2. Long-stone DR2: tabular, gray (40 cm by 55 cm).
  3. Long-stone DR3: tabular, gray (85 cm by 80 cm).
  4. Long-stone DR4: gray, broken (20 cm by 60 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.