Thursday, August 03, 2017

Question from Stacey - Above ground tombs

In the above ground tombs, are the coffins above ground inside the tomb or is the actual coffin under the ground?

1 comment:

PhD Historian said...

That depends on the specific interment. Some monuments and sarcophagi above floor level do contain the coffin and remains of the individual, while others simply mark the space over a below-ground burial or even a below-the-floor vault-like crypt. In some cases, especially in Westminster Abbey, some of the elaborate above-ground monuments are simply memorials for persons buried elsewhere.