Antiquities of Northern Tibet Pre-Buddhist Archaeological Discoveries on the High Plateau
Author: John Vincent Bellezza
Antiquities of Northern Tibet: Pre-Buddhist Archaeological Discoveries on the High Plateau details the exploration of archaeological sites on the highest parts of the Tibetan plateau conducted by the author on his Changthang Circuit Expedition in 1999. This pioneering research lays the groundwork for pre-Buddhist studies in Tibet by providing the requisite data needed to forge ahead in our understanding of prehistoric and protohistoric Tibet. The book begins with a comprehensive introduction to the pre-Buddhist culture, people and environment of Tibet. Particular attention is paid to why pre-historic man chose to permannently reside in one of the harshest environments in the world and to the adaptive religious strategies which were an integral part of the settlement process. Derived from his own fieldwork and translation of relevant Tibetan texts, as well as the research of other scholars, the author muthological and scientific context. This background information addresses questions pertaining to the identity of the sophisticated Metal Age civilization in Tibet, which in the 7th century CE entered its classical phase with the adoption of Indian Buddism.