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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

Doring Lung DoringRdo ring lung rdo ring

Basic site data

  • Site name: Doring Lung DoringRdo ring lung rdo ring
  • English equivalent: Long-stones Valley Long-stones
  • Site number: C-27
  • Site typology: II.1a
  • Elevation: 4670 m
  • Administrative location (township): BargaBar ga
  • Administrative location (county): PurangSpu rang
  • Survey expedition: HTCE
  • Survey date: May 7, 2002
  • Contemporary usage: Light grazing.
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: None.
  • Maps: UTRS X, HAS C4
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General Site Characteristics

Doring Lung DoringRdo ring lung rdo ring is located in Doring LungRdo ring lung, a side valley on the west side of the Langa TsoLa lnga mtsho basin. The Doring LungRdo ring lung valley is very narrow, and approximately 20 m east of the pillars there is the gully that drains the valley during heavy downpours and the melting of snow. Langa TsoLa lnga mtsho to the east is partly visible from the site. The views to the west are cut by the slopes at the head of the Doring LungRdo ring lung valley. The terrain is grassy, gravelly and gently sloping. There are 12 in situ gray and tan standing pillars of significant stature at Doring Lung DoringRdo ring lung rdo ring. They are heavily eroded, inclined at various angles and are host to orange climax lichen. The standing stones of Doring Lung DoringRdo ring lung rdo ring tend to have four uneven sides of more or less the same width. Stones lying about the site as well as the slightly elevated position of the pillars above the surrounding slope may possibly indicate that an enclosure or other structures once accompanied the pillars.

Oral tradition

None was collected.

Site elements

The pillars have the following dimensions and characteristics:

  1. Long-stone DR1: situated south of the main row of pillars and to the east of its axis (90 cm [height] by 1 m [basal girth]).
  2. Long-stone DR2: situated south of the main row of pillars and to the west of its axis (1.7 m height). This specimen has nearly collapsed.
  3. Long-stones DR3 to DR9 make up the main north-south oriented row of pillars (6.5 m long). They are presented from south to north:
  4. Long-stone DR3: (1.2 m by 1.2 m).
  5. Long-stone DR4: (1.5 m by 1.3 m).
  6. Long-stone DR5: collapsed but still anchored in the ground (1.6 m height).
  7. Long-stone DR6: (1.4 m by 1.3 m).
  8. Long-stone DR7 (1.3 m by 90 cm).
  9. Long-stone DR8: (1.2 m by 1.1 m).
  10. Long-stone DR9: (1.3 m by 1.3 m). Adjacent to DR9 there is a collapsed and partly submerged pillar 1.7 m in length.
  11. Long-stone DR10 tabular, situated about 1 m higher and 5.5 m west of the north end of the main row of pillars (70 cm by 1 m).
  12. Long-stone DR11 situated about 1 m higher and 3.5 m west of the south end of the main row of pillars (70 cm by 90 cm). DR11 is located 8 m south of DR10.
  13. Long-stone DR12: broken, situated in front of DR5 (originally, may have had a height of around 1 m).

Note Citation for Page

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

Bibliographic Citation

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