A Brief History of Gravestones

Gravestones are a common part of life (and death) in the US in 2022. We see them in churches and cemeteries in every small town and booming metropolis from California to Maine.

But has this always been the case? Have people always used headstones to commemorate the dead? What is the history of gravestones?

Humans began using monuments to mark the burial sites of deceased loved ones around 5,000 years ago. However, these headstones weren’t placed in cemeteries. Instead, they were usually located near the decedent’s home.

It wasn’t until the 17th century that gravestones began to become more common in churchyards and cemeteries. However, they were mainly reserved for wealthy individuals.

Headstones became more widely available to working-class people during the 19th century. The vast majority of grave markers at the time were made from sandstone or slate.

Throughout the 20th century, the popularity of sandstone and slate waned. As the years passed, the granite gravestones we know today began to pop up in cemeteries across the world.

At first, these gravestones were quite basic. Most were simple shapes like rectangles or crosses with short engravings on them.

In recent years, however, gravestone technology has advanced considerably. Today, monument companies can create headstones in a range of complex shapes. They can even use an etching machine to add lifelike pictures to the memorial.

A Tradition of High-Quality Gravestones

The skilled craftsmen here at Delphos Granite Works have a deep appreciation for the history of gravestones. We have been helping Ohioans create meaningful monuments for over 30 years.

If you recently lost a loved one, and you need help choosing a grave marker or headstone, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (419) 695-5500 or contact us online. Our friendly representatives are standing by, ready to assist you.

About us

Delphos Granite Works is the largest monument company in northwest Ohio with 35 locations and representatives to serve you. We offer cemetery headstone, gravestones, headstones, monuments, and many other granite products.

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201 E. First St.
P.O. Box 336
Delphos, OH 45833

(419) 695-5500
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