Roman barrow

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A substantial circular mound of earth and stone up to 50 m across, usually with steep sides and a slightly flattened top, covering one or more burials. The burials are variously cremations or inhumations, the barrows themselves occurring singly or in groups of up to ten. Their location near to Roman towns and cities in areas where round barrows were used for burial during prehistoric times suggests that these Roman structures may in part reflect the continuation of local traditions.

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