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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

Tsanyer Marmbur MönkhangTsha gnyer dmar ’bur mon khang

Basic site data

  • Site name: Tsanyer Marmbur MönkhangTsha gnyer dmar ’bur mon khang
  • Site number: D-117
  • Site typology: II.2d
  • Elevation: 4750 m
  • Administrative location (township): Ombu’Om bu
  • Administrative location (county): GegyéDge rgyas
  • Survey expedition: TUE
  • Survey date: September 22, 2005
  • Contemporary usage: Light grazing.
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: None.
  • Maps: UTRS VI
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General site characteristics

Tsanyer Marmbur MönkhangTsha gnyer dmar ’bur mon khang is located in the Gegyé LhomaDge rgyas lho ma region. The site is situated in a valley bottom, on the left side of the stream that flows through it. The terrain is level, sandy and gravelly. Tsanyer Marmbur MönkhangTsha gnyer dmar ’bur mon khang consists of a single heavily disturbed, quadrate funerary mound (bangsobang so).

Oral tradition

According to local sources, Tsanyer Marmbur MönkhangTsha gnyer dmar ’bur mon khang was constructed by the ancient MönMon.

Site elements

The funerary mound (11.5 m by 5 m) is elevated 30 cm to 1.2 m above the surrounding terrain. It is not well aligned in the cardinal directions. No coherent wall segments have survived. This tumulus appears to have had double-course walls that ran along the rim of the mound. Smaller stones are strewn all across its surface. Reportedly, many stones were extracted from the structure during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, in order to build retaining walls for an agricultural project. This project, to grow grain, was an abject failure. The fields that were tilled lie near the tumulus. Just below the northeast side (side facing the valley’s watercourse) of the mound there is an irregularly shaped dark-colored, metamorphic (?) pillar, 40 cm in height. On a higher bench in the vicinity there is a corral, which is said to have been constructed from a “mönkhangmon khang,” dismantled for its stones (32° 08.944΄ N. lat. / 82° 44.460΄ E. long.). No signs of this tomb are discernable.

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Note Citation for Page

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

Bibliographic Citation

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