The earliest tomb was the tumulus or mound of earth, heaped over the dead.
The tumulus may be considered as the most simple and the most ancient form of sepulture.
The Celtic dolmen and cromlech, the Etruscan tumulus, the Hebrew galgal, are words.
There are, of course, various modifications of this tumulus.
At this place was a vast Indian mount or tumulus, with a great terrace.