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(Latin 'hill', 'funerary mound', pl. tumuli; Greek τύμβος/týmbos, σῆμα/sêma; χῶμα/chôma).

I. Definition, distribution, function

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A. Definition

Tumulusis a general term for a mound, as a rule artificial and usually round or oval in plan, associated with a burial ('burial mounds', as opposed, e.g., to prehistoric settlement mounds). Tumulus burial (‘mound burial’) des…

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Steimle, Christopher (Erfurt), Hiesel, Gerhard (Freiburg), Jung, Reinhard (Berlin), Hülden, Oliver (Tübingen), Naso, Alessandro (Udine) and Pingel, Volker (Bochum), “Tumulus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 16 June 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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