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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

Radra Khordo MöndurRa gra ’khor rdo mon dur

Basic site data

  • Site name: Radra Khordo MöndurRa gra ’khor rdo mon dur
  • Site number: D-120
  • Site typology: II.2x
  • Elevation: 4730 m
  • Administrative location (township): LhomaLho ma
  • Administrative location (county): GertséSger rtse
  • Survey expedition: TUE
  • Survey date: September 24, 2005
  • Contemporary usage: Light grazing.
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: None.
  • Maps: UTRS VI, HAS D1
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General site characteristics

Radra Khordo MöndurRa gra ’khor rdo mon dur is located in the Radra KhordoRa gra ’khor rdo valley, which is sandwiched between Gopuk TsoMgo phug mtsho and the great meridian range to the east. The site is situated on the left side of the valley on a well-drained sandy and rock-strewn bench. This wide bench overlooks the marshy valley bottom. A ridge encloses the site to the south, while the views in other directions are open. Radra Khordo MöndurRa gra ’khor rdo mon dur consists of no less than eight small funerary enclosures. They are constructed of an uncut, purplish metamorphic (?) rock of variable length. Stones up to 1.3 m in length are scattered around the site. All the funerary structures have been heavily disturbed and each may have been opened. The destruction of the site appears to have occurred well in the past. There are no fully intact wall segments at the site. Perimeter walls have been reduced to heaps of stones, which are elevated as much as 30 cm to 70 cm above the surrounding terrain. The few stones still in situ suggest that these walls formed quadrate or sub-rectangular enclosures, some of which were probably aligned in the cardinal directions. They were either of double-course construction or built without any particular order or regimen. For the most part, these walls appear to have surrounded open interiors. There are possibly other funerary structures at Radra Khordo MöndurRa gra ’khor rdo mon dur, which are too highly degraded to be positively identified.

Oral tradition

According to local sources, Radra Khordo MöndurRa gra ’khor rdo mon dur is associated with the ancient MönMon or Mön NakpoMon nag po.

Site elements

  1. Funerary structures FS1 to FS4 form an east west oriented row:
  2. Funerary structure FS1 (4 m by 3.3 m).
  3. Funerary structure FS2 (4 m by 3.7 m) is situated 8 m west of FS1.
  4. Funerary structure FS3 (4.5 m by 3.5 m) is situated 22 m west of FS2. FS3 is the highest elevation specimen at the site.
  5. Funerary structure FS4 (3.5 m by 3.5 m) is situated 8.2 m west of FS3.
  6. Funerary structure FS5 (4 m by 4.7 m) is situated 5.2 m south or upslope of FS4.
  7. Funerary structure FS6 (3 m by 3.7 m) is situated 7.7 m southeast of FS5.
  8. Funerary structure FS7 (4 m by 3.5 m) is situated 22.5 m south of FS6.
  9. Funerary structure FS8 (2 m by 2.3 m) is situated 23 m south of FS7. FS8 is the most easterly funerary structure at the site. There are three slabs, partly exposed, in the middle of the structure, which may represent an interior structural element.

Note Citation for Page

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

Bibliographic Citation

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