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barp a mound or cairn.
cairn a pile of stones forming a landmark.
cairned having a cairn, e.g. of a summit.
cairny like a CAIRN, a mound > CAIRNIER, CAIRNIEST
carn karn a cairn.
catacomb a subterranean cemetery, as at St Sebastian near Rome, consisting of galleries or passages with recesses excavated in the sides for tombs.
catafalco a temporary tomb used in funerals and processions > CATAFALCOES. See also CATAFALQUE.
catafalque a temporary tomb used in funerals and processions. See also CATAFALCO.
cenotaph a tomb or monument erected in honor of a person whose body is elsewhere.
cenotaphic like a CENOTAPH.
cinerarium a place to receive the ashes of the cremated dead > CINERARIA.
cippus a small column marking a burial-place or landmark > CIPPI. [L. cippus, post, stake].
cist a tomb consisting of stone chest covered with stone slabs.
cistvaen kistvaen a tomb covered with stone slabs. [Welsh cistfaen, from cist, chest + faen (maen), stone].
cromlech a prehistoric monument, comprising a flat stone resting horizontally on two vertical stones or circle of stones. [Welsh, crom fem. of crwm bowed, arched + llech (flat) stone],
cyclolith a stone circle.
darga dargah durgah a structure over a place where a holy person was buried or cremated.
dolmen a prehistoric structure or tomb of unhewn stones.
dolmenic like a DOLMEN.
ebenezer a memorial stone set up by Samuel after the victory of Mizpeh; a chapel or religious meeting place. [Hebrew eben-ha-ezedr, stone of help].
effigial relating to an effigy.
effigy a portrait of a person, esp. as a monument or architectural decoration.
henge a circle of stones or wooden posts.
howe a hill, a burial-mound.
karn see CARN.
kistvaen see CISTVAEN.
kurgan a prehistoric burial mound.
martyrium a shrine erected in memory of a martyr > MARTYRIA.
martyry a shrine, chapel or monument in memmory of a martyr.
mastaba mastabah an Egyptian tomb with rectangular base, sloping sides and a flat roof. [Arabic mastaba, stone bench].
mausolean pertaining to a mausoleum; monumental.
mausoleum a huge, stately tomb; a large, gloomy building > MAUSOLEA or MAUSOLEUMS. [From King Mausolus of Caria, in Asia Minor; when he died his wife had a vast edifice erected in his memory].
megalith a large rough stone used as a monument.
menhir a single upright rude monolith of usually prehistoric origin. [Welsh maen hir, long stone].
monolith a large single stone in form of monument, obelisk or column.
monostele monostely a single STELE.
monument to mark with a monument.
necropolis a city of the dead; a name given by the ancients to their cemeteries, and sometimes applied to modern burial places; a graveyard > NECROPOLI or NECROPOLEIS or NECROPOLISES or NECROPOLES.
obeliscal formed like an OBELISK.
obelisk a stone pillar having a square or rectangular cross section and sides that taper towards a pyramidal top, often used as a monument in ancient Egypt.
ossarium a place where bones are kept > OSSARIUMS.
ossuary a depository for the bones of the dead.
peristalith a prehistoric stone circle.
pyramidic pyramidical of or like a PYRAMID.
pyramidion the capstone of a pyramid or the top of an obelisk.
pyramis a pyramid > PYRAMISES or PYRAMIDES.
sarsden sarsen a sandstone boulder of S. England; such a stone used in a prehistoric monument.
serdab an underground chamber; a secret chamber in an ancient Egyptian tomb.
shrinal relating to a SHRINE.
shrine a place of worship hallowed by association with a sacred person or object, esp. the tomb of a saint or other holy person; (verb) to build a shrine to.
speos a grotto-temple or tomb > SPEOSES.
stela an upright stone slab > STELAE or STELAI. See also STELE.
stelar relating to a STELE, an upright stone slab.
stele an upright stone slab. See also STELA.
stelene stelic relating to a STELE, an upright stone slab.
talayot a prehistoric stone monument of the Balearic Isles. [Sp. atalaya, a lookout].
tombal tombic pertaining to a tomb.
tomblike like a tomb.
tombstone a stone erected over a grave, to preserve the memory of the deceased.
trilith trilithon a stone monument of two upright and one transverse slab. [Gk. tri, three, + lithos, stone].
trilithic pertaining to a TRILITH.
tumulary like a TUMULUS, a barrow-mound; a mound of earth over a grave.
tumulus a barrow-mound; a mound of earth over a grave > TUMULI or TUMULUSES.
untombed not buried in a tomb.
urnfield a late Bronze Age cemetery containing funerary urns.
ziggurat zikkurat zikurat an ancient Mesopotamian temple tower consisting of a lofty pyramidal structure built in successive stages with outside staircases and a shrine at the top. [Assyrian ziqquratu, a pinnacle, the top of a mountain].