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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

Gyamngönpo MöndurGyam sngon po mon dur

Basic site data

  • Site name: Gyamngönpo MöndurGyam sngon po mon dur
  • English equivalent: Blue Rock Shelter MönMon Tomb
  • Site number: D-130
  • Site typology: II.2x
  • Elevation: 4940 m.
  • Administrative location (township): Drak PukBrag phug
  • Administrative location (county): GertséSger rtse
  • Survey expedition: WYLE
  • Survey date: May 6, 2007
  • Contemporary usage: None.
  • Identifiable Buddhist constructions: None.
  • Maps: UTRS II
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General site characteristics

The quadrate funerary superstructure of Gyamngönpo MöndurGyam sngon po mon dur is located near the east side of a very large sandy and grassy plain. Bounding the plain in the east is a bluish outcrop, GyamngönpoGyam sngon po. To the southeast of the so-called möndurmon dur there is the peak of Shendo YamarBshan mdo g.ya’ dmar, the highest point in the ridgeline. The structure was constructed on level terrain somewhat offset from the cardinal directions (4.7 m by 4.4 m). It now consists of single-course perimeter walls, but there is faint evidence to suggest that originally they may have been partially or fully double course. Dark blue metamorphic stones and white igneous rocks were used to construct the walls (up to 50 cm in thickness with a maximum projection of stones 20 cm above ground). The interior is devoid of structural elements, but, at some point in the past, stones were removed from the outer walls and piled up inside the enclosure. This stone pile was made long enough back to be quite heavily eroded.

Oral tradition

According to local sources, Gyamngönpo MöndurGyam sngon po mon dur is an ancient MönMon burial structure.

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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.