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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.2. Superficial structures: Primarily funerary superstructure

Nelé DrakNe le brag

Basic site data

  • Site name: Nelé DrakNe le brag
  • Site number: D-56
  • Site typology: II.2x
  • Elevation: 4720 m
  • Administrative location (township): DrowaGro ba
  • Administrative location (county): NyimaNyi ma
  • Survey expedition: UTAE
  • Survey date: June 24, 2001
  • Contemporary usage: Light grazing.
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: None.
  • Maps: UTRS VIII
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General site characteristics

Nelé DrakNe le brag is named for the Neléne le, a species of small eagle or possibly the sparrow hawk. The site is located on open, sandy and grassy ground on the northern edge of the vast Nya TsangpoNya gtsang po basin. It consists of two large interconnected, ovoid enclosures, which appear to be funerary in nature.

Oral tradition

None was collected.

Site elements

The enclosures measure 30 m and 10 m across. These structures are elevated 1 m to 1.5 m above the surrounding plain on their north and east sides. The perimeter walls appear to be composed of stones that were heaped up above ground level (type II.2c), but they are not very well developed. The general form of the enclosures is also in keeping with type II.2c structures. The perimeter walls were built primarily from smaller stones, although some stones reach 50 cm in length. On the west side of the large enclosure there is a 13.5 m gap in the perimeter wall. A slight concavity has formed inside the large enclosure.


Note Citation for Page

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

Bibliographic Citation

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