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3 Historic Ruins in the Gya Valley, Eastern Ladakh, and a Consideration of Their Relationship to the History of Ladakh and Maryul With an Appendix on the War of Tsede (rTse lde) of Guge in 1083 CE by Philip Denwood

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Rumtse stands in the upper part of the Gya valley. The ruins at Gya, a few miles lower down the valley, are of an altogether grander place although its site and defensive concepts are broadly similar to Rumtse. The ruins occupy a spur of the mountains on the north side of the Gya valley where a tributary torrent joins the main river. The ruins at Rumtse reveal the same building plan; equally the building materials and techniques illustrated for Rumtse are the same as those at Gya. Recent research has drawn attention to a dynasty or dynasties of kings of Maryul who ruled at Shey apparently in parallel with the Ladakh dynasties La dvags rgyal rabs (LDGR). A review of the Tibetan text by Philip Denwood, suggests that Tsede (Tse lde) war or raid had nothing at all to do with western Tibet or Gya of eastern Ladakh.

Keywords: eastern Ladakh; Gya Valley; Maryul; Philip Denwood; Tibet; Tsede war



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