One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A dome-shaped tomb of ancient Greek origin, especially one dating from the Mycenaean period.
- ‘The exclusive and restricted nature of Early Mycenaean feasts is best illustrated by tumuli in the Argolid and by shaft grave enclosures, as well as by examples of later tholoi and wealthy chamber tombs.’
- ‘In Lakonia, for example, only the Vapheio tholos contained any feasting equipment, and not in large quantity, although the effects of robbing must be taken into account.’
- ‘They are inhumations not cremations; multiple not single; in rock-cut chambers or tholoi, not under tumuli.’
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