Drapham Dzong: Archaelogical Excavation of a Himalayan Fortress in Central Bhutan

By: Werner Meyer

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This pioneering work presents the results of the first archaeological projectever undertaken in Bhutan: the excavation of Drapham Dzong, a fortress inthe Choekhor Valley (Bumthang). As the final report of the project, which ranfrom 2008 through 2010, it is a significant and innovative contribution to thestudy of Bhutan's history.The excavations successfully established the beginning of the fortress's con-struction in the mid-16th century as well as the historical sequence of thecompound, which was completed in several stages, then renovated and ex-tended in the late 17th century. The abandonment of the complex can bedated to the early 18th century, and numerous findings imply violent de-struction by a charging assault, looting, and arson.The assessment of the finds and features has brought to light valuable infor-mation beyond the basic history of Drapham Dzong's construction. Alongsidethe numerous ceramic remains, which were categorized typologically, the ex-cavators also found traces of the plant- and animal-based diet of the fortressinhabitants, evidence of trade relations, and remnants of everyday life. Acomparison of the excavated wall segments with analogous building com-ponents from other, preserved Dzongs enabled the team to prepare a roughgraphic reconstruction of the main fortress. Printed Pages: 190 with numerous b/w illustrations.

Title: Drapham Dzong: Archaelogical Excavation of a Himalayan Fortress in Central Bhutan

Author Name: Werner Meyer

Categories: India, Archaeology,

Edition: Fifth Edition

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Niyogi Books: 2017

ISBN: 8193393570

ISBN 13: 9788193393574

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Size: 22 x 31 Cm

Seller ID: 115725

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