and tombstone inscriptions provide valuable clues to fundamental
shifts in beliefs.
of humanity's earliest surviving artifacts are monuments to death.
At least 500,000 years ago, human beings had already developed
burial rituals. Many of the world's greatest monuments, including
the pyramids in Egypt or the gigantic earthen mounds erected by
Native Americans, are tombs for the dead.
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13,500 images documenting the sculpture on more than 9,000 gravestones,
most of which were made prior to 1800, in the Northeastern part
of the United States.
1: Gravestone Symbols
the significance of the following gravestone symbols:
2: Changes in Values and Beliefs
gravestone symbols and inscriptions to trace changes in values
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