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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

SokpoSog po

Basic site data

  • Site name: SokpoSog po
  • English equivalent: Sogdian/Mongolian
  • Site number: C-130
  • Site typology: II.1b
  • Elevation: 4700 m
  • Administrative location (township): TsolhoMtsho lho
  • Administrative location (county): TsonyiMtsho gnyis
  • Survey expedition: HTWE
  • Survey date: June 2, 2004
  • Contemporary usage: Light grazing.
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: None.
  • Maps: UTRS IV
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General site characteristics

SokpoSog po, named for the Central Asians of yore, is located on the west side of a large basin. There are long views in all directions except for the west (the direction of a low-lying ridge). The terrain is sandy, well drained and gently declines towards the east. Although the extant structural evidence is inconclusive, with its profound eastern vista, SokpoSog po has locational characteristics commonly associated with the walled pillar monument typology. The general morphological configuration of the site is also in conformance with such monuments. SokpoSog po appears to have been heavily impacted by human activities.

Oral tradition

According to local sources, SokpoSog po is an ancient site.

Site elements


About 1 m west of the in situ pillars there may be vestiges of the west wall of the enclosure. No other wall traces are discernable. Some small stones are scattered around the site in contrast to adjoining areas that are largely free of stones. These stones may have formed part of the enclosure.


There are three small in situ pillars that form a north-south oriented row 3.2 m in length. From north to south, these pillars have the following dimensions and characteristics:

  1. Long-stone DR1: irregularly shaped white granite pillar, inclined (50 cm [height] by 70 [basal birth]).
  2. Long-stone DR2: irregularly shaped brown metamorphic pillar (40 cm by 65 cm).
  3. Long-stone DR3: four-side light-colored igneous pillar (30 cm by 55 cm). In close proximity there is a dislodged white igneous specimen 1 m in length. It is reported that this pillar was rooted in the ground until a few years ago. Northwest of the pillars there are the possible traces of funerary superstructures.

Note Citation for Page

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

Bibliographic Citation

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