Cairns

Designates piles of stones heaped up for landmarks, monuments, memorials, or as coverings over tombs. For piles of earth, generally, use "mounds"; for piles of earth used specifically over tombs, use "burial mounds.".

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cairns
cairn
carns
pila de piedras para señal o hito Spanish
mojón Spanish
mojones Spanish
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Ancient landmarks, monuments, memorials, or burial places covered with stones or a large mound of earth, specific to Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, For similar burial mounds specific to England, use "barrows." For piles of earth, generally, use "mounds"; for piles of earth used specifically over tombs, use "burial mounds."

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Bibliography

  1. 1.  The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, 300006960. The J. Paul Getty Trust.