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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

Tsengo DoringBtsan sgo rdo ring

Basic site data

  • Site name: Tsengo DoringBtsan sgo rdo ring
  • English equivalent: tsenbtsan Portal Long-stones
  • Site number: C-118
  • Site typology: II.1b
  • Elevation: 4770 m
  • Administrative location (township): KyanghrangRkyang hrang
  • Administrative location (county): TsochenMtsho chen
  • Survey expedition: HTCE
  • Survey date: June 23, 2002
  • Contemporary usage: Light grazing.
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: None.
  • Maps: UTRS VII
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General site characteristics

Tsengo DoringBtsan sgo rdo ring is located on the west edge of the valley through which the main road between TsochenMtsho chenand RakhaRa kha passes. The site is named for TsengoBtsan sgo, a cleft in a sacred red cliff, situated just northwest of the two walled pillars. From the site, views in all directions but the west are open. The terrain is level and covered in gravel and cobbles.

Oral tradition

None was collected.

Site elements


The walls of the enclosure are aligned in the cardinal directions and measure 9 m (east-west) by 8 m (north-south). The double-course walls of the enclosure vary between 50 cm and 80 cm in thickness. They contain variable-length (10 cm to 80 cm long) slabs, blocks and cobbles of various colors and types of rock. Many of the stones of the walls project prominently above ground level (up to a height of 25 cm). Two stones in the east wall are set perpendicular to the course, creating a space 80 cm in width. However, the north-south wall course continues to run in between these two “portal” stones.


There are two highly eroded pillars remaining in the enclosure. Given its size and the position of the pillars, there may originally have been others standing inside the enclosure. The two pillars were planted 90 cm from the inner edge of the west wall. The south pillar is heavily inclined and well centered in the enclosure (80 cm [height] by 1 m [basal girth]). Some of its top section may have been lost. This light brown stele has four uneven sides. The brownish north pillar stands nearer the north wall of the enclosure (70 cm by 1 m). It also has four uneven sides. No other archaeological structures are visible at Tsengo DoringBtsan sgo rdo ring, but the construction of corrals in the vicinity may have obliterated the evidence.


Note Citation for Page

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

Bibliographic Citation

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