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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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Four tumuli considered intact or partially intact were investigated along with other shelters or open sites.
The tumuli illustrate globally unique characteristics with regard to both burial chamber construction and remains of burial rituals.
The decision to rebuild the tumulus was in many ways determined in response to the current practice of the complete removal of tumuli from their landscape.
Ancient tumuli (burial mounds) figures in some of his paintings.
e sempre un'avventura, una scomessa, una sfida in un terreno che ha da essere continuamente esplorato perche quelle che sembravano colline sono, invece, valli, quelli che apparivano come monti sono, invece, sogni di nuvole e d'aria, mentre modesti tumuli nella pianura, al contrario segnalavano la tomba di grandi" (15).
Tumuli form where fluid pressure within a lava tube or lava flow increases sufficiently to cause the basaltic rock that forms the surface to swell and crack.
Colonies were censused in quadrats by slowly walking parallel paths 3 m apart, which gave sufficient visual overlap of paths for reliable detection of the tumuli of Myrmecocystus colonies and the spread of fine gravel around entrances of Aphaenogaster.
UPLAND areas on the southern edge of Little Fryupdale have fine vantage points for spotting evidence of human activity ranging from tumuli (ancient burial mounds) and standing stones to Danby Castle and Danby Beacon.
This is also present in Muscarellas rather critical review of Three Great Early Tumuli, the publication of three Gordion tumuli that was started by Young but left unfinished at the time of his death and subsequently brought forth by several of Youngs colleagues and students.
The 2008 campaign was devoted to an intensive field survey as well as to positioning the rock art stations, tumuli, shelters, superficial clusters of flint, water fountains etc.
MEET tomorrow at 10am at Llantwit Major train station for an archaeological field workshop on lost earthworks and tumuli.