Gravestones are America’s earliest sculpture. The stones give us many clues about how people lived and how they thought. Unlike most antiques, they are special because each one is dated and have survived for 2 - 3 hundred years in their original location. Other antiques that are the same age are in museums for safe keeping.
The carvings done were on the back of the gravestone so people wouldn't have to walk on the grave to read the writing.
|The shape of the grave stone and the symbols can tell us how old it is. The oldest stones had 'shoulders'. People who were more important usually had the tallest grave stones and children had little ones.|