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The height/radius ratio of a tumulus and the angle of repose for the materials used in its construction permits
one to: predict possible construction methods, calculate the path of geometric evolution before and after the current form
and compare degrees of preservation. By way of example a Neolithic tumulus is compared with a modern-day one, both
made out of identical lithology. Finally, comments are made on h/r values for tumuli and tumuli with dolmens for the archaeological
catalogue of Álava, in the Western Pyrenees.