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A massive mound rising from the soil in Syria may be the world’s first military memorial, archeologists say.

In a paper published in the academic journal Antiquity, a group of researchers argue that the patterns of bones and other objects found at the White Monument, as the structure in the town of Tal Banat is called, suggest the site was used as a large-scale burial for fallen soldiers—and a warning against potential enemies.

Archaeologists Say a Massive 4,500-Year-Old Syrian Burial Ground May Be the Oldest War Monument in the World