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by John Vincent Bellezza
Edited by Geoffrey Barstow, Mickey Stockwell and Michael White
Tibetan & Himalayan Library
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II.2. Superficial structures: Primarily funerary superstructure

Chöser MöndurPhyod ser mon dur

Basic site data

  • Site name: Chöser MöndurPhyod ser mon dur
  • Site number: D-55
  • Site typology: II.2x
  • Elevation: 4740 m to 4750 m
  • Administrative location (township): DrowaGro ba
  • Administrative location (county): NyimaNyi ma
  • Survey expedition: UTAE
  • Survey date: June 23, 2001
  • Contemporary usage: Stones have been extracted wholesale from the monument.
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: A small manima ṇi wall.
  • Maps: UTRS VIII
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General site characteristics

Chöser MöndurPhyod ser mon dur is located on the flanks of a small hill called ChöserPhyod ser, which rises above the marshy Nyawa TsangpoNya ba gtsang po valley bottom. The entire hillside, including the funerary superstructures, has been intensively mined for stones. These stones have been used to construct substantial homes and corrals in the area. On the summit of ChöserPhyod ser there is a small manima ṇi wall.

Oral tradition

In this region (NaktsangNag tshang) such sites are often associated with the ancient MönMon.

Site elements

Funerary Structure FS1

Funerary structure FS1, a small enclosure, has been heavily mined for stones. It was built on the clear, level ground of a saddle. Stones up to 80 cm in length went into the construction of FS2.

Funerary Structure FS2

Funerary structure FS2 (3 m across) is another small enclosure, situated east of FS1, near the hilltop of ChöserPhyod ser. It sits on clear, level ground. The probable double-course perimeter walls (around 50 cm thick) are flush with the ground surface, but only small traces remain. Sheep horns have been placed inside the fragmentary enclosure. In the vicinity there appears to be the traces of another superficial structure.

Funerary Structures FS3 and FS4

Funerary structures FS3 and FS4 are situated 35 m south of FS1 at the south foot of the ChöserPhyod ser hill. They were built on moderately sloping, rocky and gravelly terrain. These structures have been so heavily impacted that they could not be positively identified. Local residents deny their MönMon associations, but their protestations do not seem very credible. It is said that this location was once inhabited by a woman from southern Tibet who built a corral here. FS3 consists of a dispersion that is 6 m across. A slight depression in the ground, encircled by dislodged stones, is all that remains. FS4 (5 m by 4.5 m) is situated 4 m south of FS3. Its downhill wall is elevated 1 m above the slope, while its upslope wall is elevated 50 cm above the slope. The remaining wall traces appear to be aligned in the cardinal directions. The middle of FS4 has been excavated to a depth of 1 m, probably in the search for valuable artifacts. Stones remaining in the vicinity of FS3 and FS4 are up to 40 cm in length. Larger stones have been carried off.

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

Bibliographic Citation

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