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Sarcophagus tomb with detail leaf carvings on top and the facing side, sitting on top of a stone rectangle

One of the things I’ve been learning about as I read Stories in Stone is about cemetery architecture and what certain things that you find in a graveyard should be called. One of the most interesting monument-types I have read about is the sarcophagus tomb.

A reddish brown stone tomb that looks like a rectangular box with carved rounded edges and a stone that looks like a cushion on top

Sarcophagi are permanent containers for bodies, usually made of stone and located above-ground. Keister states that most sarcophagus tombs in cemeteries are purely ornamental in the sense that they do not actually contain remains, but they look like they could. Lake View Cemetery has a considerable number of sarcophagus tombs.

Sarcophagus tomb with four inverted torches with garlands of leaving strung between them and a carved cushion with curled ends on top

I first noticed this tomb type when I photographed the Wetmores’ monuments on a snowy December day.

Two sarcophaguses with ornately carved legs on top of stone pedestals

Dark gray rectangular tomb with name Horace Kelley in capital letters, above that a pattern of carved Tudor roses, topped by a carved cushion with the edges curled under
There are specific names for certain kinds of sarcophagus tombs that I’ll write about in the future.

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