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cist 1

A wicker receptacle used in ancient Rome for carrying sacred utensils in a procession.

[Latin cista, from Greek kistē.]

cist 2

 (sĭst, kĭst) also kist (kĭst)
A stone-lined grave, especially a tomb consisting of a pit lined with stones and often having a lid of stone or wood.

[Short for Welsh cist faen, stone chest : cist, chest (ultimately from Latin cista, box; see cist1) + maen, stone.]


(Historical Terms) a wooden box for holding ritual objects used in ancient Rome and Greece
[C19: from Latin cista box, chest, basket, from Greek kistē]


(sɪst) or


(Archaeology) archaeol a box-shaped burial chamber made from stone slabs or a hollowed tree trunk
[C19: from Welsh: chest, from Latin cista box; see cist1]


(sɪst, kɪst)

also kist

a prehistoric sepulchral tomb or casket.
[1795–1805; < Welsh < Latin cista < Greek kístē chest]
cist′ed, adj.


A Neolithic tomb made of stone slabs.
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Also, the floor of cist A was positioned on a ca 20 cm higher level than the floor of cist B, and its westernmost part rested on the ring-wall of grave B.
Creeping coastal erosion has gradually revealed the cairn burial monument over the last 30 years, with the first cist being excavated in 1983, revealing a skeleton lying facing the sea, with a decorated pottery vessel - what is known as a Beaker burial.
Burial 1 was a cairn circle type; burial 2 a sarcophagus; burial 3 a cist within a stone circle (Figure 3); burial 4 a dolmen without a circle (Figure 4); burial 5 a dolmen within a circle, with pottery sarcophagi (Figure 5); burial 6 a dolmen without a circle; and burials 7 and 8 (Figure 6) were urn burials.
Chance finds from the area which have been revealed by erosion include cists with skeletal remains cremations and pottery beakers which probably contained food or drink.
After several attempts to protect the cist, a scheduled monument, the decision was taken by DNPA and English Heritage to excavate it in order to recover any surviving archaeological and environmental information before it is destroyed.
She will be in a new cist, made of stone but lined in lead so there's no moisture getting in and no further deterioration.
national defense strategy sets forth a plan to defeat America's adversaries by "countering ideological support for terrorism," or CIST.
Archeological excavations of the stone age settlement site and ruin of the stone cist grave of the early metal age in Kasekula.
CIST "offers courses specializing in missile and rocket research and development technology" the DoC said.
CIST has been reported to be developing a ballistic surface-to-surface missile apparently based on the Tien Kung missile family and with a range of up to 300km, bringing southern China within its range.
Normally the individual courses would cist pounds 110 per delegate, but any delegates attending all workshops will be able to take advantage of the cost being reduced by 20 per cent.
Silvia Laul, who excavated the grave, suggested on the basis of the fact that it did not contain any grave goods or a central cist and had an irregular ring that the grave might be dated to the final period of the tradition of stone-cist graves, which means that the grave was built around the time of the birth of Christ (Laul 2001, 29 ff.