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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

Amphitheatre and west rim

The heart of the site consists of an amphitheatre embraced by rocky limestone arms. Various rampart fragments crisscross the amphitheatre, covering about 900 m² in total. On the west rim of the amphitheater there are the remains of a substantial two-tiered building foundation aligned in the cardinal directions. It measures 6.5 m by 6 m with revetments up to 1.8 m in height. There is a long narrow cave below the west rim.

Outer west slopes

Coming within 2 m of the base of the steep rocky outer west slopes are the remains of a 190 m long curtain-wall, extending from the west rim to the outer west arm of the site. This wall gradually gains 20 m in elevation from east to west. Although much of this curtain-wall is leveled, certain segments still attain 1 m in height and 1 m in thickness. The curtain-wall is divided by a rocky spur into east (130 m long) and west (60 m) sections. This wall almost certainly functioned as a forward defensive bulwark for the site. Encompassing the entire breadth of the outer west arm are the remains of another foundation (6 m by 9 m). Its walls (70 cm to 90 cm thick) reach a maximum exterior height of 1.2 m, all of which is made up by a revetment. On the east side of this structure there is a freestanding wall fragment, 60 cm in height. At the base of the formation, west of the outer west arm, there is what appears to be a minor archaeological dispersion.

East rim

The west rim and east rim of TrizhungKhri gzhung are connected by a trail that traverses along the limestone formation. The foundation of a ruined habitational structure on the edge of the east rim (8 m by 8 m) overlooks the amphitheater. The forward revetment of this structure is 1.7 m height. On a more easterly point of the formation there are the remains of another structure (7.5 m by 3.5 m).


Note Citation for Page

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

Bibliographic Citation

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