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

Gyungnak Tsuk DoringGyung nag gtsug rdo ring

Basic site data

  • Site name: Gyungnak Tsuk DoringGyung nag gtsug rdo ring
  • Site number: C-44
  • Site typology: II.1a
  • Elevation: 4810 m
  • Administrative location (township): Sele PukSe le phug
  • Administrative location (county): GegyéDge rgyas
  • Survey expedition: HTWE
  • Survey date: June 25, 2004
  • Contemporary usage: Light grazing.
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: None.
  • Maps: UTRS VI
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General site characteristics

Gyungnak Tsuk DoringGyung nag gtsug rdo ring is located on the southwestern margin of the Salé PukSa le phug basin. This site is close to the road that links the RuntorRu ’thor and YakraYag ra regions. The site is named for Gyungnak TsukGyung nag gtsug, a proximate rocky ridge that bounds the Salé PukSa le phug basin. Gyungnak Tsuk DoringGyung nag gtsug rdo ring enjoys profound views to the east. The site consists of three in situ pillars erected on a well-drained gravel flat.

Oral tradition

None was collected.

Site elements

The three standing pillars form a southeast-northwest aligned row 6.1 m in length. From northwest to southeast, these three pillars have the following dimensions and characteristics:

  1. Long-stone DR1: tabular (40 cm [height] by 50 cm [basal girth]).
  2. Long-stone DR2: irregularly shaped (75 cm by 1 m). Lying beside DR2 is an irregularly shaped pillar 1 m in length.
  3. Long-stone DR3: irregularly shaped (60 cm by 1.1 m). There are two uprooted pillars in close proximity to DR3, 1.2 m and 1 m in length.

There is a small concentration of stones 5.4 m east of the pillars. This may possibly be the ill-defined remains of a funerary structure.

Affiliated sites

In the vicinity of Gyungnak Tsuk DoringGyung nag gtsug rdo ring there is a lone gray pillar stub (31° 16.566΄ N. lat. / 82° 46.394΄ E. long. / 4800 m). It is planted on open, level gravelly ground. This highly worn four-sided standing stone has been reduced to 40 cm in height. Some smaller stones are scattered about the site, but traces of other structures are not discernable.


Note Citation for Page

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

Bibliographic Citation

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