Tombstones

Stones or metal plates designating tombs, almost always located outdoors, usually vertically-placed freestanding slabs or slabs placed horizontally on the ground, over graves or at the entrances of tombs. In early use, referred to the covers of stone coffins or the stone coffins themselves. For stones placed flush with the floor over a tomb in an interior space, use "tomb slabs.".

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tombstones
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tomb-stones
gravestones
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grafstenen Dutch
grafsteen Dutch
pierres tombales French
pierre tombale French
lápidas Spanish
lápida Spanish

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Refers to stones or metal plates designating graves or tombs, almost always located outdoors, usually vertically-placed freestanding slabs or slabs placed horizontally on the ground, over graves or at the entrances of tombs. In early use, referred to the covers of stone coffins or the stone coffins themselves. For stones placed flush with the floor over a tomb in an interior space, use "tomb slabs."

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Bibliography

  1. 1.  The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, 300005923. The J. Paul Getty Trust.