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After a first field campaign in 1999 during which we documented the archaeological importance and potential of two threatened stone masonry structures discovered at the site known as Batpalathang near Jakar (Bumthang District, Kingdom of Bhutan), it was decided to set up a second and last fieldwork campaign. Between April and July 2000, a multidisciplinary team from Switzerland, assisted by a representative of the National Commission for Cultural Affairs of the Bhutanese government, and by a team of local fieldworkers, carried out final investigation work at the site. The data obtained during both campaigns was later analyzed and elaborated by the author in Switzerland. The first part of the final report is presented here, including descriptions of the contextual setting and containing detailed account about a major archaeological monument uncovered by the team. The second part of this final report is planned in the SLFA Annual Report for 2001 to be published in the coming year.

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Last updated: 29-05-2001.