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Defining Zhang Zhung Ethnicity: An Archaeological Perspective From Far Western Tibet

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In this chapter, the author uses archeological data to develop the preliminary definition of Zhang zhung ethnicity. The data collected from excavations at four archaeological sites in far western Tibet: Dindun, a village site, and three cemeteries near Dindun. The chapter is part of a larger project concerned with the famous Buddhist-era sites of Piyang and Dung dkar. Following descriptions of the residential architecture, mortuary patterns, and selected artifacts, he compares these data to archaeological evidence from the trans-Himalaya, the Byang thang, and central Tibet demonstrate similarities and differences between these areas.

Keywords: archeological data; cultural materials; ethnic groups; western Tibet; Zhang Zhung ethnicity



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