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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

KolokKo logs

Basic site data

  • Site name: KolokKo logs
  • Site number: D-113
  • Site typology: II.2b
  • Elevation: 4240 m
  • Administrative location (township): Trashi GangBkra shis sgang
  • Administrative location (county): GarSgar
  • Administrative location (county): GarSgar
  • Survey expedition: HTWE
  • Survey date: July 1, 2004
  • Contemporary usage: Pastoral camp.
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: None.
  • Maps: UTRS I
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General site characteristics

KolokKo logs is located in an eponymous locale on the left side of the Senggé TsangpoSeng ge gtsang po valley. The site occupies a sandy flat in the valley bottom. On a formation at the edge of the valley is Kolog KharKo logs mkhar (A-125), the ruins of an archaic stronghold. KolokKo logs consists of five double-course enclosures, which are not aligned in the cardinal directions. These enclosures were primarily built of unhewn light-colored pieces of granite of variable length. The enclosures are all very fragmentary, which is probably linked to the construction of an old pastoral camp at the site (it appears to contain stones extracted from the funerary structures). The site is now endangered again by the reestablishment of a pastoral camp by two families, which recently emigrated here from GyamukRgya smug.

Oral tradition

None was collected.

Site elements

Funerary Structure FS1

Funerary structure FS1 (7 m by 4.7 m), a quadrate enclosure, has small in situ fragments of double-course walls (50 cm thick). This structure is elevated about 50 cm above the surrounding terrain. For the most part, the stones used in construction of FS1 appear to have been laid flat on the ground. On the northwest side of the enclosure there is a large square upright stone (50 cm long).

Funerary Structure FS2

Funerary structure FS2 (6.4 m by 11 m) now consists of just two neatly-built double-course wall segments (50 cm thick). The upright stones in these walls project 10 cm to 30 cm above the ground surface.

Funerary Structure FS3

Funerary structure FS3 (7.8 m by 6.8 m) has parts of all four walls intact. This enclosure was divided into two cells. Its double-course upright stone walls are of the same design as FS2.

Funerary Structure FS4

Funerary structure FS4 (4 m across) had been reduced to tiny fragments of upright stone walls of the type found in FS2 and FS3.

Funerary Structure FS5

Funerary structure FS5 consists of a dispersion of double-course wall fragments that stretch over a transection of 21 m. Several discrete enclosures may have comprised FS5. The walls are composed of parallel courses of stones that project prominently above ground level (up to a height of 30 cm).


Note Citation for Page

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

Bibliographic Citation

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