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Ancient Memorial Monuments

Memorial monuments as we know them today have changed significantly from the early grave markers found throughout history. The differences between traditional memorial monuments of today as compared to the grave markers of a few hundred years ago are vast. However, the way we marked our grave sites in the past are a big part of what has shaped the monuments we now use.


An early burial tradition was to build a pile of rocks, called a cairn, over the grave of a loved one. In later times the tradition evolved and the pile of rocks was replaced with one large slab often made of rock or wood covering the casket. This slab was called a tombstone and did not serve to mark the grave, but to "keep the dead at rest". Early British graves of the 1700s were marked with a Foot stone, which was at the foot end of the grave. This foot stone often had little more than the initials and date of death.


The earliest grave markers date as far back as ancient Egypt. A rock slab with inscriptions about the deceased stood upright at the head end of a grave. This was called a stele. Stelae were often inscribed with details about the family members of the dead along with dates to indicate their age.


Placing monuments atop the grave sites of a loved one who has passed on is an ancient Jewish tradition. The monuments didn`t need to be extravagant. Simple artworks might pay tribute to loved one that had passed. This practice is first noted in the old testament. In accordance with Jewish law, the children are obligated to place a monument over their parents' graves, and a husband is responsible for marking the grave of his wife. This custom has been adopted by Christians and other religions since it was first introduced in the bible and remains in practice to the present day in various forms.


In the Victorian era memorial monuments began to evolve into highly artistic statues and carvings. Several of the symbols from ancient monuments along with the ones emerging in that time are still in use today. The image of a sleeping child is significant of a child's grave. Lambs are a symbol for innocence and also mark children's graves.


Some of the symbols on monuments have been used to signify a few different things. Crossed swords signify death in battle or occasionally a high ranking military officer of some sort. An open book might be used to represent the bible, but it can also mark the grave of a teacher. A broken sword could indicate an agent of peace but may also indicate a life cut short. A broken tree trunk might also symbolize premature death.


Some other common monument and grave stone images are anchors as a symbol for hope, fish as a symbol of Christ, and a boat to symbolize the church. Another custom throughout history was for people of a common occupation or fellowship to have their graves marked as such.





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