Fifty Photographs: selections from SCUA collections

Simple burials, done crudely

by James Tibensky, May 18, 1874

While the elaborate death's heads, skeletons, and symbolic hour glasses captures the imagination when it comes to colonial gravestones, the realities of life in the earliest, smallest, and most remote settlements often produced varied results. In many places, the older stones were often little more than a local cobble or boulder pried from the fields, barely shaped and crudely carved, and set to face west. The permanance of stone has ended in the memory of initials.