|Historical Topology of Imperial Central Tibet|
Project leader: Guntram Hazod
The historical-anthropological project draws on the author's earlier works on the historical geography and topology of the Tibetan Empire (7th-9th Century CE). Methodologically based on text and ethnographic fieldwork, the study aims to clarify open questions of the territorial order of the early Tibetan state. It mainly concerns questions of the identification of historical toponyms, and the historical and clan-historical contexts of key political sites and districts of the empire. Particular attention will be paid to the description of so far not documented evidences of the early history of Central Tibet, - ruin sites, grave fields, stone monuments, rock carvings, of which a number have already been recorded by the author during earlier campaigns. A precise cartographic, graphic and photographic documentation accompanies this study, which will be conducted in collaboration with the Tibetan Academy of Social Sciences, Lhasa (TASS). The planned book publication will be a compilation of revised previous studies of the author as wells as of several newly prepared contributions.