An ancient, upright stone monument is called a stele. Many stelae were carved with inscriptions and used as grave markers.
These tall slabs played an important role in the traditions of ancient Greece, Egypt, Somalia, and more. In addition to its potential use as a gravestone, a stele might be used as a territory or boundary marker, or even a way to publicize new laws or a ruler's military successes. The word derives from the Greek stēlē, "standing block." In botany, a stele is the upright core of a vascular plant.
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