The project "The Burial Mounds of Central Tibet, Part II" (P 30393; 10/2017–9/2021) continues ongoing research on Tibetan burial mounds, which has so far identified and documented more than 500 individual tumulus sites in the area of Central Tibet. In the course of the data analysis of the productive ethnographic, prospective-archaeological, architectural and text specific surveys, one issue came particularly to the fore, namely the necessity to clarify the somewhat enigmatic position of the graves within the landscape and settlement area – related specifically to the (trapezoidal, walled and earth heaped) elite tombs.

Following indications in recent studies of old Tibetan documents and new data from fieldwork, the current research pays attention to the astronomical heavens and methodologically includes archaeo-astronomical surveys within this interdisciplinary project – a first-time venture in studies on early Tibet, which is being conducted in cooperation with the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology, Vienna.

Project Leader

Guntram Hazod

Hosting Institution

Institute for Social Anthropology, Austrian Academy of Sciences