burial mound

noun
a mound built over a grave or graves. Compare barrow2 ( def 1 ).

Origin:
1850–55

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burial mound

artificial hill of earth and stones built over the remains of the dead. In England the equivalent term is barrow; in Scotland, cairn; and in Europe and elsewhere, tumulus.

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The effigy mound is both a ceremonial mound and a burial mound.
It may be an artifact, burial mound or some other evidence of prehistoric humanity.
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