Tibetan and Himalayan Library - THL

THL Title Text
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

Khyiu DurtröKhyi’u dur khrod

Basic site data

  • Site name: Khyiu DurtröKhyi’u dur khrod
  • English equivalent: Little Dog Cemetery
  • Site number: C-112
  • Site typology: II.1b
  • Elevation: 4250 m
  • Administrative location (township): Trashi GangBkra shis sgang
  • Administrative location (county): GarSgar
  • Survey expedition: HTCE
  • Survey date: May 20, 2002
  • Contemporary usage: Light grazing.
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: None.
  • Maps: UTRS I, HAS C1
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General site characteristics

Khyiu DurtröKhyi’u dur khrod, an enclosed pillar monument, is located on the left side of the Senggé TsangpoSeng ge gtsang po valley. From the site there are wide views in all directions. The terrain is sandy and rocky, well drained and slightly inclined to the west. A link road runs right past the site and there are several manima ṇi walls in the vicinity. Khyiu DurtröKhyi’u dur khrod is the most westerly example of the pillars enclosed within an enclosure (II.1b) typology surveyed to day.

Oral tradition

The less than flattering name Khyiu DurtröKhyi’u dur khrod hints at an archaic funerary function for the site. No other information was forthcoming.

Site elements


The enclosure is generally aligned in the cardinal directions and measures 10.5 m (north-south) by 6 m (east-west). This enclosure is designed in the extreme western Tibet regional fashion with longer north-south dimensions. The enclosure is somewhat elevated above the surrounding plain. Parts of all four double-course walls (50 cm to 70 cm thick) have survived. These walls are primarily built of igneous cobbles 20 cm to 30 cm in length. These stones are even with the ground surface or project above it to a maximum height of 10 cm. There is a possible funerary superstructure (8 m across) located 14 m southeast of the enclosure. However, no coherent wall fragments have endured in this structure.


It is reported by villagers of nearby Trashi GangBkra shis sgang that two pillars stood on the west end of the enclosure until the Chinese Cultural Revolution. One was broken but its base was left anchored in the substrate. This pillar base is situated next to the inner edge of the west wall, 4 m from the southwest corner of the enclosure. The broken top of this highly weathered four-sided pillar still lies on the site. It is 65 cm long and has a girth of 85 cm. It is reported that the other pillar stood near the northwest corner of the enclosure. This specimen had a total length of around 1.5 m. It was ripped out of the ground and used in the construction of a water channel feeding a grinding mill.


Note Citation for Page

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

Bibliographic Citation

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