Posts Tagged ‘tomb types’

Feakins (2)


Sometimes I treat my trips to cemeteries like a giant scavenger hunt. I’m always seeking the rare and the unique, and one of the things that shows up on that list for me are table tombs. I’ve only found them in three cemeteries so far. A table tomb is…a table made of stone – a flat stone supported by legs or pillars.

I’ve featured this one before, but I’m not sure that I commented on the fact that it was a table tomb.

Ellis (2)


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Haly Sarah Haldeman


I haven’t posted photos of sarcophagi in a while. Sarcophagus tombs in most modern cemeteries just look like they hold a body. The actual person is usually interred below or next to the monument.

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It’s been a while since I posted photos of sarcophagus tombs. Sarcophagus tombs are those that look like a coffin or similar container for holding a body but do not. The deceased are generally interred in the nearby ground.


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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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