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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

Burkar Zhung’Bur dkar gzhung

Basic site data

  • Site name: Burkar Zhung’Bur dkar gzhung (sp.?)
  • English equivalent: White Hill Pasture
  • Site number: D-44
  • Site typology: II.2b
  • Elevation: 4760 m
  • Administrative location (township): SengméSeng smad
  • Administrative location (county): GegyéDge rgyas
  • Survey expedition: UTAE
  • Survey date: May 19, 2001
  • Contemporary usage: Extraction of stones from the monuments.
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: None.
  • Maps: UTRS VI, HAS A2
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General site characteristics

Burkar Zhung’Bur dkar gzhung is located in a sandy plain east of the Kongchen ChuKong chen chu. There are probably eight or nine quadrate and sub-rectangular funerary superstructures at Burkar Zhung’Bur dkar gzhung. However, the integrity of the site is significantly threatened by local drokpa’brog pa, who are removing stones from the structures in order to build pastoral facilities. A couple of corrals (lheralhas ra) belonging to a seasonal encampment are found at Burkar Zhung’Bur dkar gzhung. The double-course perimeter walls of the larger enclosures contain variable-length blocky stones (primarily 20 cm to 60 cm long), which are flush with the ground surface or rise above it to a height of 50 cm. Some of these walls appear to have been more than one vertical course in height. The larger enclosures are free of superficial structural elements within the perimeter walls.

Oral tradition

None was collected.

Site elements

Funerary Structure FS1

Funerary structure FS1 (9.5 m by 6 m) is the most northerly structure at the site. The well-built double-course walls are 60 cm to 70 m thick. The corners of the FS1 enclosure appear to be somewhat rounded.

Funerary Structure FS2

Funerary structure FS2 is situated beside FS1. Very little of this smaller specimen has survived.

Funerary Structure FS3

Funerary structure FS3 (8 m by 9 m) is the largest enclosure at the site. It is situated 76 m southwest of FS1.

Funerary Structure FS4

Funerary structure FS4 (80 cm by 1 m) is situated 11 m north of FS3. This tiny sub-rectangular enclosure is comprised of just ten stones 40 cm or less in length. Most of the stones of the enclosure protrude above ground level.

Funerary Structure FS5

Funerary structure FS5 (2 m by 2.7 m) is situated 40 m west of FS3. This fragmentary structure is partially obscured by stones that have broken free of it and it is slightly elevated in the center. The design characteristics of FS5 are now ambiguous.

Funerary Structure FS6

Funerary structure FS6 is situated 30 m south of FS3. Not much of this smaller specimen is still intact. There are probably at least two or three more funerary structures at Burkar Zhung’Bur dkar gzhung, but they are too highly degraded for clear identification.


Note Citation for Page

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

Bibliographic Citation

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