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

Shakdé MöndurShag sde mon dur

Basic site data

  • Site name: Shakdé MöndurShag sde mon dur
  • English equivalent: Gravel Sector MönMon Tombs
  • Site number: D-111
  • Site typology: II.2a
  • Elevation: 4570 m
  • Administrative location (township): MamikMa mig
  • Administrative location (county): GertséSger rtse
  • Survey expedition: HTWE
  • Survey date: June 21, 2004
  • Contemporary usage: Light grazing.
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: None.
  • Maps: UTRS VII
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General site characteristics

Shakdé MöndurShag sde mon dur is located on the east site of Gakchen’Gag chen, in the region known as PenchéPhan che. The site is open in all directions. Shakdé MöndurShag sde mon dur is found on high, level, gravel-strewn ground, and is surrounded by various basins. The site consists of three enclosures with open interiors, which are constructed of sandstone blocks. Corrals that appear to have a parasitic relationship with ancient funerary structures have come up on the site. There are two corrals that contain the same type of sandstone blocks as the funerary enclosures. In any event, the funerary superstructures do not appear to have been tampered with in recent years. The ShakdéShag sde pastoral camp is occupied during the third lunar month.

Oral tradition

According to local sources, Shakdé MöndurShag sde mon dur is associated with the ancient MönMon.

Site elements

Funerary Structure FS1

Funerary structure FS1 (3.4 m by 3.6 m) is single-course, quadrate enclosure that is aligned in the cardinal directions. The perimeter walls are made of variable-length (20 cm to 60 cm long) sandstone blocks, which project as much as 35 cm above the ground surface. Most of the north wall is missing in this specimen.

Funerary Structure FS2

Funerary structure FS2 (3 m by 2.7 m) is of the same design, construction and orientation as FS1. Its perimeter walls contain some pieces of limestone as well as the more common brown sandstone of the site. These variable-length (15 cm to 75 cm long) stones are even with the ground surface or protrude above it to a maximum height of 15 cm.

Funerary Structure FS3

Funerary structure FS3 (3.7 m by 4.8 m) is in much poorer condition than its two counterparts. Its perimeter walls are also single-course and aligned in the cardinal directions. FS3 is made of sandstone blocks 20 cm to 55 cm in length, which project as much as 15 cm above ground level.


Note Citation for Page

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

Bibliographic Citation

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