Destiny Defined – Distant Tumulus

Destiny Armory Defined entry

"Who will speak for us when we are gone?"
- Arach Jalaal

Distant Tumulus

Basic Information

Released: Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris

Rarity: Legendary

Category: Weapon

Weapon Subcategory: Energy

Weapon ArchetypeSniper Rifle 

Weapon Perks: Rapid-Fire Frame; Pulse Monitor (Curated); Opening Shot (Curated)

Affiliations: Dead Orbit; Arach Jalaal

Misc: Reintroduced in Season 10

Expanded Information

Another instance of tumulus burial literature can be see in the funeral of Patroclus as described in book 23 of The Iliad.

Patroclus is burned on a pyre, and his bones are collected into a golden urn in two layers of fat. His barrow is built on the location of the pyre. Achilles then sponsors funeral games, consisting of a chariot race, boxing, wrestling, running, a duel between two champions to the first blood, discus throwing, archery and spear throwing.

Definition Summary

Tumulus: Latin for “mound” or “small hill”. Tumuli are often categorized according to their external apparent shape. There are many types of tumuli in the world, with a majority of these burial sites containing various passages, skeletons and crypts inside. Tumuli are also known as barrows, burial mounds or kurgans, and can be found throughout the world under many names.

Ancient burial mound (barrow) usually made of earth and stones raised over a grave or graves. A long barrow is a long tumulus, usually constructed on top of several burials, such as passage graves. A round barrow is a round tumulus, commonly constructed on top of burials. A cairn is a mound of stones built for various purposes and may also originally have been a tumulus.

The method of inhumation may involve a dolmen, a cist, a mortuary enclosure, a mortuary house, or a chamber tomb.

The Tumulus of Bougon (aka the Necropolis of Bougon) is a group of barrows dating to the Neolithic period. The site is located in Bougon, a commune in the Deux-Sèvres department of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region in the western part of France. The site is the oldest known examples of megalithic architecture in the region, believed to have been constructed at various times during a period of over 1200 years from 4700 to 3500 BC. The tumulus cemetery was re-discovered by archaeologists during the 19th century, and was excavated over the years. It now contains a museum, displaying many of its finds.

The Tumulus of Bougon consists of 5 separate barrows, all the barrows are different from one another and have a unique architectural style. During the excavation of the 1st tumulus, a total of 220 skeletons, as well as grave goods, were unearthed. Known as Tumulus A, it also contains a massive 90 ton megalith as its capstone.

The Tumulus of Bourgon proved the power of earlier man. The way its builders obtained and brought the huge megaliths, to the site was most likely carried out by using a technique employed the Neolithic builders, were splitting the rock with moistened and beveled wedges of wood they could extract a 32-tonne megalith from a quarry. Also they may have placed these massive stones on rollers and rails.

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