BOX TOMBS

Box tombs are a simple form of rectangular grave monument in which a "box" is constructed above the grave, of solid slabs or stacked stones laid in brickwork fashion. The structure is capped with a horizontal "ledger" stone. Box tombs normally do not signify an above-ground burial in an upland area such as ours. Burial took place in the ground. The box tomb was built up around the mound of earth that had been displaced by the coffin. Box tombs have suffered damages in old cemeteries all across the country as ignorant and curious vandals have attempted to pry them open to investigate the contents.

The Schoolfield tomb in Robbins Cemetery, Bentonville. Dated 1843 and measuring nine feet long, it is the oldest and largest box tomb in the county.

 


Box Tomb in Bland Cemetery

 


Probable box tombs in Gamble Cemetery, broken to pieces.

 



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