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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.2. Superficial structures: Primarily funerary superstructure

RonglungRong lung

Basic site data

  • Site name: RonglungRong lung
  • English equivalent: Gorge Country
  • Site number: D-76
  • Site typology: II.2e
  • Elevation: 4950 m
  • Administrative location (township): BartaBar tha
  • Administrative location (county): NakchuNag chu
  • Survey expedition: HTCE
  • Survey date: September 16, 2002
  • Contemporary usage: Light grazing.
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: None.
  • Maps: UTRS IX
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General site characteristics

The single funerary mound of RonglungRong lung is located in an amphitheatre high up in the RonglungRong lung valley. The site is in view of Neri TsongönGnas ri mtsho sngon/Namarché TsoNa mar che mtsho. The terrain is moderately sloping and blanketed in alpine turf. The rectangular mound of RonglungRong lung is oriented in the cardinal directions and measures 15 m (east-west) by 12.4 m (north-south). Its large size, isolated aspect and lofty position suggest that it featured in the interment/burial rites of a very high status individual or individuals. This structure exhibits the morphological features of both the bangsobang so and terraced funerary constructions. The latter constitutes a very common type of funerary structure in the far eastern JangtangByang thang. RonglungRong lung is turf-covered and does not appear to have been disturbed in a long time.

Oral tradition

Some local sources mistakenly claim that RonglungRong lung is the ruin of an ancient Buddhist monastery.

Site elements

The south/forward/downhill side of RonglungRong lung is elevated about 1.5 m, its west side is elevated about 1.2 m, its east side is elevated as much as 2 m, and on its north/uphill side it only rises about 30 cm above the slope. The height of the east side of the structure can be partly accounted for by a depression in the adjacent terrain. The fragmentary, double-course (60 cm thick) north rim wall is 30 cm in height and is composed of three vertical courses of stones. On the other flanks of the structure there are many stones but without any discernable pattern. On the north and west portions of the top of the mound there are wall traces, which appear to divide the structure into smaller units. Variable length (primarily 20 cm to 50 cm long) uncut, blue and tan metamorphic stones were used in construction of RonglungRong lung. There are also some pieces of red sandstone at the site.


Note Citation for Page

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

Bibliographic Citation

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