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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

GyamgyaGyam rgya

Basic site data

  • Site name: GyamgyaGyam rgya
  • English equivalent: Big Cliff Shelter
  • Site number: D-92
  • Site typology: II.2x
  • Elevation: 4380 m
  • Administrative location (township): RecoRe co
  • Administrative location (county): RutokRu thog
  • Survey expedition: HTAE
  • Survey date: October 3, 2003
  • Contemporary usage: None.
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: None.
  • Maps: UTRS I, HAS A1
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General site characteristics

GyamgyaGyam rgya is located just off of the road that runs through the main RecoRe co valley. The site is situated at the foot of the ridge that encloses the south side of the valley. The terrain is rocky and moderately sloping. GyamgyaGyam rgya consists of three funerary structures that are primarily constructed of a gray igneous rock.

Oral tradition

None was collected.

Site elements

Funerary Structure FS1

Funerary structure FS1 (8 m by 7.5 m) is an enclosure so degraded that its identity is called into question.

Funerary Structure FS2

Funerary structure FS2 (4 m by 4 m) is a square terraced structure situated 21 m southeast of FS1 at the same elevation. Its walls are aligned to the slope gradient and not the cardinal directions. The forward wall of FS2 is 1 m in height and built in two tiers. The lower portion of the forward wall is set 60 cm outwards from the upper portion. The more substantial lower portion consists of a single course of large stones (50 cm to 80 cm long) and is around 40 cm in height. The rear wall is flush with the slope; the demarcation between them is now rather ambiguous. Goat and sheep horns have been placed on top of FS2.

Funerary Structure FS3

Funerary structure FS3 is situated 6.7 m southeast of FS2 at the same elevation. It appears to consist of a square base (5 m by 5.4 m), which is now heavily obscured by rubble. Upon this base sits an upper structure (2.9 m by 3 m) whose central portion is elevated an additional 70 cm. The rear wall of FS3 is flush with the slope. It appears that FS3 was a tiered structure; possibly it had non-funerary ceremonial identity.


Note Citation for Page

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

Bibliographic Citation

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