boulder burial

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11:21 Jan 2, 2009
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Social Sciences - Archaeology
Additional field(s): History
English term or phrase: boulder burial
Definition from megalithomania:
Boulder burials are very simple, yet striking monuments. As the name suggest they are simply burials beneath a large boulder. The burials contained within are mainly single and set in a small kist like chamber made from smaller stones. Boulder burials can be found on their own or within or around stone circles. The boulders often bear cup marks and were often picked for their curiously attractive shape or rock patterns.

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  • The fourth tomb we visited on our mini tour was a boulder burial, A massive glacial erratic has been raised up and held in position with chocking stones and a burial chamber carved out of the limestone.
  • Stone circles are generally regarded as ceremonial or ritual sites. The stone circle at Dromagorteen, known as the Judge and Jury, consists of thirteen stones with a central boulder burial. Bonane
  • Some of the circles have a boulder burial within them. Boulder burials are very simple in plan and are just what they describe, a burial, usually cremated, with a large boulder marking the spot.
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4 +1Megalitgrav
Johanna Hellström
5 -1Storstensgrav


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Definition from Nationalencyklopedin:
Megalitgrav: även storstensgrav eller stenkammargrav, gravkammare av ofta obearbetade stenblock, vanligen avsedd för många gravläggningar. Europeiska megalitgravar tillhör yngre stenåldern (neolitikum). I Skandinavien finns tre typer: dös, gånggrift och hällkista.

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  • Megalitgravar eller storstensgravar av grekiska mega, stor, och lithos, sten, är gravtyper som i Sverige främst anläggs under stenåldern, men i andra länder även under bronsåldern och järnåldern. Ett närstående begrepp är megaliter, vilket kan syfta på vilka forntida monument av stora stenar som helst. Det finns flera olika slags megalitgravar, som förknippas med olika tidsepoker eller kulturer. De är för Skandinaviens del dösar, gånggrifter och hällkistor i kronologisk ordning. En del svenska arkeologer räknar dock bara dösar och gånggrifter till megalitgravarna. - Wikipedia  
  • Dös: en form av megalitgrav (storstensgrav) från yngre stenålder. Gravkammaren täcks av ett takblock, som vilar på flera väggstenar. Oftast ingår stenkammaren i en rektangulär eller rund hög – långdös resp. runddös – som kan omgärdas av resta stenar. - Nationalencyklopedin  
Johanna Hellström
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Native speaker of: Native in SwedishSwedish

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Yes  Anna Herbst
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Definition from own experience or research:
Tombs built like proper burial chambers made of timber and rocks. In use 3500-2800 BC. Commonly divided into two types, in Swedish called "dösar" and "gånggrifter".

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  • Gånggriften, som är en yngre typ av storstensgrav, har en låg gång som leder in till kammaren. - Länsstyrelsen i Skåne  
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Native speaker of: Native in SwedishSwedish

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No  Anna Herbst: Definitionen ska vara på svenska.
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