Strange, Creepy and Weird Necropolis
The large burial ground or called “cemetery” with unique, strange ancient tombs is known as necropolis. Necropolis is a Greek term “nekropolis” which means “city of the dead“. Most of ancient necropolis are found outside the abandoned city or large towns, used only as burial grounds. The prehistoric burial grounds that do not include structures above the grounds or markers is known as Gravefield. Row graves, urn-fields, tumulus (tumuli) and many more are included in necropolis.
1) Tyre Necropolis or Al-Bass Tyre Necropolis in Lebanon
This ancient necropolis, the Tyre necropolis or Al-Bass Tyre necropolis was rediscovered in 1962 in the city of Tyre, Lebanon. Hundreds of stones and sarcophagi marbles from the Roman and Byzantine era was found at the necropolis and some of the tombs have Greek inscriptions.
2) Etruscan Necropolis
The Etruscan origin are lost in prehistory, and according to Historians, there were no texts of religion, literature, and philosophy, and what is now known is based on the grave contents and tomb’s inscriptions discovery. The modern English named the Etruscan civilization of ancient Italy is based from the areas near Tuscany.
Taranto Necropolis, Apulia, Southern Italy
The Taranto necropolis is located in the coastal city of Apulia, Southern Italy. The province of Taranto was the most important port in Italy for commercial business and being the main Italian Naval Base.
3) Necropolis in Algeria
There are 7000 dolmens scattered at the Roknia necropolis in the Guelma region of northeast of Algeria. Dolmen are known as “portal tombs, portal graves or quoit“, a single-chamber type of megalithic tombs (above-ground burial chambers, built of big stone-slabs (megalithic), and laid on the edge and covered with soil and small stones.
4) Megalithic Portal Tombs found in Necropolis
Dolmen or Portal Tombs
5) Talaiots Necropolis or Talayots are the megalithic structures of the Bronze age, some are found in the Islands of Majorca and Minorca which is part of the Talaiotic cultures.
Cairn, man-made pile of stones used as markers and sepulcher monuments, commonly found in uplands, moorland, mountain top, near water ways and sea-cliffs, barren, deserts and tundra areas.
6) Chamber Tombs signify a higher status for the dead in case of individual burials instead being buried or interred in a simple grave. The chamber tombs can be in different forms according to cultures and tradition of every country.
7) Hallstatt tumulus, Austria Necropolis in Sulm Valley
The Burgstallkogel also called Grillkogel is a hill located near the Sulm Valley and Saggau river valleys in the Southern Styria in Austria, and surrounding these hills, is considered one of the largest tumulus graves of at least 2000 tumuli. The people of Burgstallkogel cremated the deceased with the personal articles before buried in the grave chambers called tumulus, a piled earth to build the tumulus.
8) Imperial Crypt in Vienna, Austria necropolis
Zentralfriedhof Necropolis one of the largest necropolis in the world, and most famous burial grounds or cemeteries in Vienna’s, estimated 50 cemeteries. Zentralfriedhof necropolis has the largest numbers of interred in European country.
9) Necropolis de San Carlos Borromeo in Cuba
10) Necropolis Rookwood, Sydney, Australia (Haunted and Creepy)
Melbourne Necropolis, Australia
11) Powazki Necropolis, Warsaw, Poland
12) Radimlja Necropolis Stolac , Bosnia and Herzegovina
13) Varna Necropolis , Varna, Bulgaria
Tuhovishta Necropolis, Bulgaria
14) Toronto Necropolis, Canada
15) Chaukundi Necropolis, Karachi Pakistan
16) Malaysia Necropolis
17) Valley of the Kings Necropolis in Egypt
18) Feng Du Ghost City Necropolis, Fengdu County, Chungqing, China
Emperor Qin Shi Huang tumulus and Terracotta Army’s Grave
19) Tumulus (Tumuli , plural) / Barrows/ Kurgans or Hogel Grabs / Burial Mounds
The tumulus or tumuli in plural form, is a mound or pile of earth and stones and commonly referred to as cairn, long barrows, dolmen , cist, kurgan and burial mounds. These burial mounds are found in many parts of the world according to culture and traditional burial rituals.
20) Chamber Tombs / Vault Tombs / Ossuary
The chamber tombs are graves built by mound of earth, stones or rocks, large megalithic stones sometimes called dolmens, chambered cairn or cromlech, chambered long barrow and chambered tumulus.
Vault tombs is an underground tomb, built in stones or brick, a burial chamber for the interment of the dead.
The Ossuary is a burial grave or ground , commonly built of chest-like site, building, well or deep pit used as final resting place for the skeletal remains.
The crypts is an underground chamber or vault tomb, beneath a church and used as burial grounds for private or concealed funerals in early times.