Tombstone Resources

Tombstone Resources

Discover the meanings of symbols used on tombstones with the resources listed below.

Web Sites


  • Early American Gravestone Art in Photographs by Francis Y. Duval (Dover Publications, out of print)
  • Graven Images: New England Stonecarving and Its Symbols, 1650-1815 by Allan L. Ludwig (Wesleyan University Press, $34.95)
  • Gravestones of Early New England, and the Men Who Made Them, 1653-1800 by Harriette Merrifield Forbes (Pyne Press, out of print)
  • Soul in the Stone: Cemetery Art from America’s Heartland by John Gary Brown (University Press of Kansas, $39.95)
  • Stories in Stone: A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography by Douglas Keister (Gibbs Smith, Publisher, $24.95)

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