American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A cemetery, especially a large and elaborate one belonging to an ancient city.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cemetery; specifically, one of the cemeteries of ancient peoples. Such burying-grounds, in the neighborhood of some sites of ancient cities, are very extensive and abound in valuable remains. From the ancient cemeteries a large part of modern archæological knowledge has been derived, owing to the practice among the peoples of antiquity of depositing in their tombs objects of art and of daily use, and very generally of ornamenting them with characteristic monuments of architecture, sculpture, painting, or epigraphy. The name is sometimes given to modern cemeteries in or near towns.
- n. A large cemetery, especially one of elaborate construction in an ancient city.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A city of the dead; a name given by the ancients to their cemeteries, and sometimes applied to modern burial places; a graveyard.
- n. a tract of land used for burials
- From Ancient Greek νεκρόπολις (nekropolis, "city of the dead"), from νεκρός (nekros, "dead") + πόλις (polis, "city"). (Wiktionary)
- Greek nekropolis : nekro-, necro- + polis, city; see pelə-3 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Egyptian authorities say archeologists have found an ancient tomb that suggests another necropolis is yet to be discovered near the Great Pyramids of Giza.”
“One female mummy was found wearing a gilded mask, a rare treasure at the site known as the necropolis of Deir el-Banat.”
“Among those buried in the necropolis was a set designer for Pompey's Theater, notorious for being near the spot where Julius Caesar was stabbed to death.”
“So Dominique and Hannelore excavated a trench perpendicular to the eastern part of the NW necropolis, which is interpreted as a degraded active normal fault plane.”
“One of the most interesting objects in Sikyatki food basins from the necropolis was a comparatively well preserved rattle of a rattlesnake.”
Archeological Expedition to Arizona in 1895 Seventeenth Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1895-1896, Government Printing Office, Washington, 1898, pages 519-744
“To-day they are the only landmarks of this necropolis, which is nearly six miles in length, and was formerly covered by temples of a magnificence and a vastness unimaginable to the minds of our day.”
“Countless pyramids, obelisks and urns, rising far and wide above the cedars and cypresses, showed the extent of the splendid necropolis, which is inhabited by pale, shrouded emigrants from its living sister below.”
“Marble sarcophagus 2nd century A.D. South of the necropolis is the partially reconstructed Roman hippodrome excavated in 1967.”
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“Some 25 burials in the medieval necropolis were found in the excavated area.”
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