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

Ronggo MöndurRong mgo mon dur

Basic site data

  • Site name: Ronggo MöndurRong mgo mon dur
  • English equivalent: Gorge Head MönMon Tombs
  • Site number: D-73
  • Site typology: II.2a, II.2b
  • Elevation: 4700 m
  • Administrative location (township): LowoLo bo
  • Administrative location (county): GertséSger rtse
  • Survey expedition: HTCE
  • Survey date: June 22, 2002
  • Contemporary usage: Light grazing.
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: None.
  • Maps: UTRS VII
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General site characteristics

Ronggo MöndurRong mgo mon dur is situated in the middle of the broad RonggoRong mgo valley bottom. From the site, the views north (in the direction of the sacred mountain Shel GangchamShel gangs lcam) and south are wide open, while the views east and west are closed in by the ridges bounding the valley. The terrain is sandy and well drained. Ronggo MöndurRong mgo mon dur consists of at least 14 small funerary enclosures spread out over one-half km. These are quadrate structures, many of which appear to be aligned in the cardinal directions. Most of these poorly preserved structures appear to have double-course perimeter walls (50 cm to 60 cm thick). These walls are built of variable-length (up to 50 cm long) pieces of light-colored limestone. These stones are both laid flat and embedded in the ground edgewise.

Oral tradition

According to local sources, Ronggo MöndurRong mgo mon dur is an ancient MönMon burial ground.

Site elements

  1. Funerary structure FS1 (6 m by 3.5 m) consists of walls (indeterminate type) with stones that project as much as 35 cm above the ground surface. In addition to limestone, the walls of FS1 also contain pieces of a dark gray metamorphic stone.
  2. Funerary structure FS2 (4 m by 2 m) is a highly fragmentary specimen.
  3. Funerary structure FS3 (2.5 m by 2 m) is a highly fragmentary specimen.
  4. Funerary structure FS4: (3.1 m by 3 m) is slightly elevated above the surrounding plain and is covered in loose rocks
  5. Funerary structure FS5 exhibits small fragments of what appear to be single-course perimeter walls. Stones in these walls project a maximum of 20 cm above ground level.
  6. Funerary structure FS6 (4 m across) has been reduced to one small coherent wall fragment along the perimeter. FS6 is located near the link road through the area.
  7. Funerary structure FS7 (2 m across) is a highly fragmentary specimen.
  8. Funerary structure FS8: (2.6 m by 3 m) is a highly fragmentary specimen.
  9. Funerary structure FS9 (3 m by 3.3 m) is covered in stones.
  10. Funerary structure FS10 (3.5 m by 2.4 m) is a better preserved enclosure with double-course perimeter walls. Stones in these walls project a maximum of 20 cm above ground level.
  11. Funerary structure FS11 (3.5 m by 2.5 m) has significant segments of its double-course walls intact. The stones in these walls are flush with the ground surface or slightly project above it.
  12. Funerary structure FS12 (4.7 m by 5 m) has remnants of all four walls intact. These walls appear to be of the single-course variety, but this may be because of a loss of stones. The stones of the walls project a maximum of 15 cm above ground level. FS12 is found at the edge of the motorable track.
  13. Funerary structure FS13 (2.4 m by 3.5 m) is covered in stones. A tiny mound has formed on the west side of the structure.
  14. Funerary structure FS14 (3 m by 2.6 m) has a small double-course wall fragment in place, which exhibits both flat and upright stones.
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Note Citation for Page

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

Bibliographic Citation

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