A pillar tomb is a monumental grave. Its central feature is a single, prominent pillar or column, often made of stone.
A number of world cultures incorporated pillars into tomb structures. Examples of such edifices are found in the ancient Greek colony of Lycia in Anatolia (e.g., the tomb at Xanthos), and the medieval Muslim Swahili culture of the Swahili Coast (e.g., tombs at Malindi and Mnarani), which were originally built of coral rag but later of stone.
- Hilary Costa Sanseverino, Archaeological Remains on the Southern Somali Coast, p.159.
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