"the red stone steles"
Honduran stele depicting King K'ac Yipyaj Chan K'awiil
Public DomainHonduran stele depicting King K'ac Yipyaj Chan K'awiil - Credit: Frederick Catherwood

A stele is an upright stone or wooden slab with an inscribed or sculptured surface.

They were usually erected for funerals or to commemorate a particular event or person, and sometimes used to delineate land ownership.

 

 

Steles on the Tophet of Carthage, Tunisia.
Public DomainStelae on the Tophet of Carthage, Tunisia. - Credit: BishkekRocks