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A town in Ladakh, Tibet, where A.H. Francke discovered and excavated a number of ‘nomads’ tombs’ between 1900 and 1910. The tombs measured approximately 1.8 by 1.4 metres and were cl.8 metres deep; they were lined and covered with undressed stone slabs. Each contained from 3 to 20 long-headed skulls, many small hand-made pottery vessels filled with bones, and grave goods. Some of the pottery was decorated with patterns in dark red, or incised, zig-zagged ‘ladders’ and possibly stylized leaves or grass. The grave goods included bronze beads, dril-bu triangular pendants with triangular apertures and a suspension ring, bracelets, a bronze vessel and glass paste beads. Francke thought that the pottery had originally stood on wooden shelves fixed to the walls of the graves. Other examples were found at Teu-gser-po (near sLeh) and at Ba-lu-mk’ar.

The Macmillan dictionary of archaeology, Ruth D. Whitehouse, 1983Copied