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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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The main issues are chronology, the significance of large mound burials with rich grave furniture and their relevance for the history of the central Sudan in the period following the last royal pyramid burials in the North Cemetery at Meroe.
A closer look at the grave goods from mound burials reveals a few finds with explicit Christian symbolism.
A final characteristic of the oak log coffin mounds is the relatively frequent lack of stone covers around the burials when compared to other mound burials.