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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

SholopukSho lo phug

Basic site data

  • Site name: SholopukSho lo phug
  • Site number: D-87
  • Site typology: II.2x
  • Elevation: 4820 m
  • Administrative location (township): Chiling TsoPhyi gling
  • Administrative location (county): ShentsaShan rtsa
  • Survey expedition: HTCE
  • Survey date: September 30, 2002
  • Contemporary usage: Light grazing.
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: None.
  • Maps: UTRS VIII, HAS D4
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General site characteristics

The three funerary structures of SholopukSho lo phug are located just below the cave of SholopukSho lo phug (J-13). The site faces east onto Zileng TsoZi leng mtsho/Serling TsoGser gling mtsho and has commanding views of the east half of this lake. The terrain is comprised of a rocky limestone slope with around a 10° gradient. SholopukSho lo phug consists of three rocky tumuli, which appear to be funerary in nature. For one thing, their lofty and isolated location is characteristic of many Upper Tibetan funerary sites. These three conical mounds (1.2 m to 1.5 in height) form a north-south row that runs perpendicular to the axis of the slope. The amount of loose stones lying on each monument indicates that they had fairly high elevation superstructures. These appear to represent prominently elevated enclosures or small bangsobang so. They are composed of variable-length chunks of light-colored limestone. An old cairn erected on a boulder is found in close proximity to SholopukSho lo phug.

Oral tradition

None was collected.

Site elements

The three tumuli have the following dimensions and salient characteristics:

The south tumulus measures 5.6 m across. On its west/uphill side exists the only coherent wall fragment at the site. This random-rubble masonry fragment has a height of 40 cm. The design of the cross-section of this wall segment is not clear due to its obscuration by rubble.

The central tumulus (4 m across) is situated 9 m north of the south tumulus.

The north tumulus (6 m across) is situated 4 m north of the central tumulus.


Note Citation for Page

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

Bibliographic Citation

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