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  • noun Plural form of barrow.


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  • He knew that in the flat land all around him Stone Age people had been buried in long mounds called barrows, and then Bronze Age people, and Iron Age people, and Celts, and Romans, and Saxons, and Angles, and Viking invaders in longships, and Normans, and then the English themselves for a thousand years.

    The Hard Way

  • At the center of each of the barrows is an underground chamber built of huge vertical slabs of stone, and within each tomb are the large and imposing statues that once served as guardians of the dead.

    One River

  • In death, he was buried with his kin in long mounds of earth called barrows, in chambered cairns and cromlechs or dolmens.

    Celtic Religion in Pre-Christian Times

  • One must lament, too, the destruction of the ancient earth-works, especially of the barrows, which is going on all over the downs, most rapidly where the land is broken up by the plough.

    A Shepherd's Life Impressions of the South Wiltshire Downs

  • "The difference between the gilts and the barrows is the gilts get to go home and the barrows get auctioned," she said.

    The Gazette-Enterprise: News

  • Evidence of Bronze Age inhabitants (2,000-700 BC) living along the East Devon and Dorset Coast is illustrated in the form of ancient "barrows", located a little inland from the boundary of the site.

    Dorset and East Devon Coast, United Kingdom

  • Prehistoric remains, such as barrows, earthworks, pit dwellings, and caves should be described; also any Roman roads and villas; the flora and fauna of the neighbourhood, geology, folklore, and dialect.

    English Villages

  • Those that are composed of silica and soil are called "barrows" in high-flown language, while the simple heaps of stones are "gals-gals."

    Over Strand and Field

  • The "barrows" and "gals-gals" have undoubtedly been tombs; and as for the "men-hirs," people went so far as to pretend that they had a form which led to the deduction that a certain cult reigned throughout lower Brittany.

    Over Strand and Field

  • [Footnote 2: Large mounds similar to the "barrows" found in Britain, are thus designated in Germany and the North.] "And how do you think men appreciate this poetry?

    What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales


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