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tu·mu·lus

 (to͞o′myə-ləs, tyo͞o′-)
n. pl. tu·mu·li (-lī′)
An ancient grave mound; a barrow.

[Latin; see teuə- in Indo-European roots.]

tumulus

(ˈtjuːmjʊləs)
n, pl -li (-liː)
(Archaeology) archaeol (no longer in technical usage) another word for barrow2
[C17: from Latin: a hillock, from tumēre to swell up]

tu•mu•lus

(ˈtu myə ləs, ˈtyu-)

n., pl. -lus•es, -li (-ˌlaɪ)
an artificial mound, esp. over a grave; barrow.
[1680–90; < Latin: mound, swelling =tum(ēre) to swell + -ulus -ule]
tu′mu•lar, tu′mu•lous, tu′mu•lose` (-ˌloʊs) adj.

tumulus

, barrow - A tumulus is the mound of earth placed over a tomb, synonymous with barrow.
See also related terms for mound.

tumulus

An ancient grave mound or barrow.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tumulus - (archeology) a heap of earth placed over prehistoric tombstumulus - (archeology) a heap of earth placed over prehistoric tombs
hill, mound - structure consisting of an artificial heap or bank usually of earth or stones; "they built small mounds to hide behind"
archaeology, archeology - the branch of anthropology that studies prehistoric people and their cultures
Translations

tumulus

[ˈtjuːmjʊləs] N (tumuli (pl)) [ˈtjuːmjʊlaɪ]túmulo m

tumulus

nTumulus m, → Grabhügel m
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The remains of houses, enclosures, irrigating streams, and burial mounds, scattered over this plain, cannot fail to give one a high idea of the condition and number of the ancient population.
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26 (BNA): The Directorate of Antiquities and National Heritage has finished fencing Al-Janabiya ancient burial mounds, which were was built for in the Dilmun era, around 2200 BC.
Finds from the time include ornate badges and gold objects, often found in round burial mounds or "barrows".
For many burial mounds, it is difficult to accept their funerary nature due to the absence of charcoals or incinerated bones, and the presence of metallic objects could be attributed to other causes.