noun \ˈkern\

: a pile of stones that marks a place (such as the place where someone is buried or a battle took place) or that shows the direction of a trail

Full Definition of CAIRN

:  a heap of stones piled up as a memorial or as a landmark
cairned \ˈkernd\ adjective

Origin of CAIRN

Middle English (Scots) carne, from Scottish Gaelic carn; akin to Old Irish & Welsh carn cairn
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Archaeology Terms

Attic, Byzantine, Paleolithic, core, flint, horizon, neolithic, shard, stratum

Rhymes with CAIRN


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