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tumulus

(to͞o`myələs), plural tumuli (–lī), in archaeology, a heap of earth or stones placed over a grave. The terms moundmound,
prehistoric earthwork erected as a memorial or landmark over a burial place, a defensive embankment, or a site for ceremonial or religious rites or other functions.
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, barrowbarrow,
in archaeology, a burial mound. Earth and stone or timber are the usual construction materials; in parts of SE Asia stone and brick have entirely replaced earth. A barrow built primarily of stone is often called a cairn.
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, or cairncairn,
pile of stones, usually conical in shape, raised as a landmark or a memorial. In prehistoric times it was usually erected over a burial. A barrow is sometimes called a cairn.
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 are more common in modern usage.

tumulus

A mound of earth or stone protecting a tomb chamber or simple grave; a barrow, 2.

tumulus

Archaeol (no longer in technical usage) another word for barrow2
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However, the application for the burial mounds has still not been approved and Mr Buhamood called on authorities to make cash available to develop what he described as the country's "most significant" historic attraction.
Horse headdress, late 4th-early 3rd century BC, Pazyryk 2 burial mound, Altai Mountains, southern Siberia, felt, leather, wood, gold foil, htc.
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By contrast, in areas of sedimentary cover, these monuments are scarce, with a few sites in the calcareous sandstone of the coastal mountains of Jaizkibel --5 dolmens and 6 cromlechs--and Mendizorrotz --5 dolmens and 3 cromlechs--, as well as in the limestone of the Aralar Mountains--more than 50 dolmens and 2 cromlechs--, Andia--6 cromlechs and 12 dolmens--and Urbasa--1 cromlech and 23 dolmens--, in addition to the possible ruined dolmens inventoried as burial mounds in the last two areas (Barrero et al, 2005).
In only five cases burial mounds contained inhumations exclusively, while in eight necropolises they cover cremations.
Each foot in Bahrain speaks of a rich history and I really hope that other locations like the Tree of Life and the burial mounds get acknowledged internationally as well.
The different eras can be followed through flint tools and bone fish hooks to the "Bronze Age bling" - intricate jet necklaces found in burial mounds and gleaming swords sacrificed in peat bogs.
Large burial mounds like the ones found in Bat, site of ancient Magan civilisation of the 3rd millennium BC, are one of the most reliable parameters used by archaeologists to irrefutably establish the fact that a civilisation had crystalised and assumed a very definite identity," Prof Tosi said during the book launch.
These illustrations help a modern reader picture ships, war gear, burial mounds, dragons, mead halls, and jewelry.
The island positively bristles with pagan vibes, with the remains of round huts, burial mounds and cromlechs liberally dotted here and there.
The outcome is delightfully primitive, like an archaeological excavation revealing ancient burial mounds, and it would take some effort for it to be properly habitable.