This phenomenon can also be traced through many passages from the Old Testament, such as those related to Jacob, the grandson of Abraham, who poured oil over a stone that he erected after his famous dream in which angels climbed to heaven (Genesis -22).
Jacob is also described as putting up stones at other occasions, whereas Moses erected twelve pillars symbolizing the tribes of Israel.
The third tomb type is a diverse group known as gallery graves.
These are axially arranged chambers placed under elongated mounds.
For later periods, the term monolith, with an overlapping meaning, is more likely to be used.
They belong to the incipient phases of agriculture and animal husbandry.Sometimes it is also surrounded by an external stone kerb.Prominent examples include the sites of Brú na Bóinne and Carrowmore in Ireland, Maes Howe in Orkney, and Gavrinis in France.In parts of Britain and Ireland a relatively common type of megalithic construction is the stone circle, of which examples include Stonehenge, Avebury, Ring of Brodgar and Beltany.These, too, display evidence of astronomical alignments, both solar and lunar.