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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.

Site elements

Lower sector

The lower sector (70 m by 30 m) is an undulating zone of small mounds and depressions. The lower sector appears to consist of the footings of large buildings. Just two small, coherent double-course wall fragments could be discerned among the ruins. They measure 2 m by 60 cm and 1.5 m by 60 cm. The remains of the foundations are ostensibly rectilinear in form, as would be expected in edifices built with wooden roofs (a variety of small tree species grow in the sheltered valleys of Damzhung’Dam gzhung).

Upper sector

Funerary Structure FS1

Funerary structure FS1, twin mounds, are situated on the southern extremity of the site (31.941΄ / 06.303΄ / 4390 m). These twin mounds are separated from one another by a gap of about 1.5 m, and together cover an area of 17 m by 7 m. The two longer sides of the structures are oriented perpendicular to the angle of the slope. On their uphill flank they are around 1.5 m in height and on their downhill flank they are perhaps 3 m in height. Three vertical courses of masonry are found along the rim of the structure. This fragmentary stone structure demonstrates that the mounds were aligned in the cardinal directions. The morphological traits and extreme degradation of FS1 make it difficult to determine what type of ceremonial structure it represents. In keeping with the general character of large mounds in the Damzhung’Dam gzhung region, they are most likely burial tumuli.

Funerary Structure FS2

Funerary structure FS2 is an extremely eroded stone and earthen mound (31.947΄ / 06.281΄ / 4400 m). It has an uphill height of 1 m and a downhill height of at least 2 m. The identity of this highly dissolute structure is not clear.

Funerary Structure FS3

Funerary structure FS3 is a bare earth, turf-covered and brush-studded quadrate funerary mound (31.974΄ / 06.279΄ / 4400 m). This large tumulus is generally aligned in the cardinal directions and measures 15 m (north-south) by 17 m (east-west). It has an uphill height of 1.5 m and a downhill height of approximately 3.5 m. The top of FS3 is concave and is pockmarked by a small excavation less than 1 m deep.

Funerary Structure FS4

Funerary structure FS4 (19 m by 4 m) is a long and narrow structure of unknown function (31.987΄ / 06.322΄ / 4400 m). FS4 has an uphill height of around 1 m and a downhill height of around 2 m. In close proximity there is a small square masonry base. FS4 has morphological characteristics in keeping with that of a long manima ṇi wall, but its identity could not be ascertained.

Funerary Structure FS5

Funerary structure FS5 (6 m by 6.4 m) is a superficial masonry structure, which may represent the footings of a small building (31.992΄ / 06.343΄ / 4400 m). Its forward/south wall is 1 m in height. These walls are double-course and around 60 cm in thickness. Near the northern extremity of the upper sector are small footings which may have possibly supported a chötenmchod rten.

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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.