John C. Calhoun (March 18, 1782 - March 31, 1850) was a leading Southern politician and political philosopher from South Carolina during the first half of the 19th century. He is perhaps best known as the first Vice President to resign his office. Illustration of John C, Calhoun's grave.

John C. Calhoun's Grave

John C. Calhoun (March 18, 1782 - March 31, 1850) was a leading Southern politician and political philosopher…

"Catacombs are caverns, grottoes, and subterraneous caves, destined for the sepulture of the dead. The name catacombs, according to Gregory, was at first applied to designate exclusively the cave in which the bodies of St. Peter and St. Paul were buried, and it was only at a later period that it came to be given to all the subterraneous passages which were used as public burying-places. "—(Charles Leonard-Stuart, 1911)

Catacomb Grave

"Catacombs are caverns, grottoes, and subterraneous caves, destined for the sepulture of the dead. The…

"The illustration represents a cubiculum, or small chamber, as most of them look when discovered. The graves have been opened and the bodies taken away."—Webster, 1913

Interior of the Catacombs

"The illustration represents a cubiculum, or small chamber, as most of them look when discovered. The…

An illustration of a small church and graveyard.

Church and Graveyard

An illustration of a small church and graveyard.

Any box used to bury the dead in is a coffin. Use of the word casket in this sense began as a euphemism introduced by the undertaker's trade in North America; a casket was originally a box for jewelry.

Metallic Coffin

Any box used to bury the dead in is a coffin. Use of the word casket in this sense began as a euphemism…

"The mausoleum is built of immense marble blocks, joined together without cement. Its total height, including the seven steps, is about 35 feet. A solitary pillar near the tomb still bears the inscription: 'I am Cyrus, the King, the Achaemenian.'"—Webster, 1913

Tomb of Cyrus the Great

"The mausoleum is built of immense marble blocks, joined together without cement. Its total height,…

A portal tomb or grave.

A Dolmen

A portal tomb or grave.

The tomb of General Ulysses S. Grant, the eighteenth President of the United States.

Tomb of General Ulysses S. Grant

The tomb of General Ulysses S. Grant, the eighteenth President of the United States.

An illustration of a soldiers grave in Augusta, GA.

Grave

An illustration of a soldiers grave in Augusta, GA.

Old grave marker with a black cat. The marker consists of a square plinth topped by an obelisk and resting on a stepped platform. There are trees in the background and some vegetation in the foreground with the cat.

Grave Marker with Black Cat

Old grave marker with a black cat. The marker consists of a square plinth topped by an obelisk and resting…

An oblong box in which a corpse is buried.

Combined Burial Casket Grave

An oblong box in which a corpse is buried.

An illustration of George Washington's grave.

George Washington's Grave

An illustration of George Washington's grave.

The gravesite of William Burrows,Samuel Blyth, and Waters who fought in the War of 1812.

Graves of Burrows, Blyth, and Waters

The gravesite of William Burrows,Samuel Blyth, and Waters who fought in the War of 1812.

The graves of the 11th Ohio battery men who fell at the Battle of Iuka.

Graves of the 11th Ohio battery men

The graves of the 11th Ohio battery men who fell at the Battle of Iuka.

An illustration of cross headstones in graveyard.

Cross Headstones in Graveyard

An illustration of cross headstones in graveyard.

<p>A black kitty sitting on a grave stone.</p>

<p>Illustrated by James Basom Seaman II</p>

Grim Kitty

A black kitty sitting on a grave stone.

Illustrated by James Basom Seaman II

The grave site of William Henry Harrison in Northbend, Ohio.

Harrison's grave

The grave site of William Henry Harrison in Northbend, Ohio.

In the year 1189, Henry II died the saddest death, perhaps, that an old man can die, for his sons had brought down his gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.

Henry II's Tomb at Fontevrand

In the year 1189, Henry II died the saddest death, perhaps, that an old man can die, for his sons had…

Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson (January 21, 1824 &ndash; May 10, 1863) was a Confederate general during the American Civil War, and probably the most revered Confederate commander after General Robert E. Lee.

Grave of Thomas J. Jackson

Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson (January 21, 1824 – May 10, 1863) was a Confederate general…

The grave of Thomas Jefferson in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Thomas Jefferson's Grave

The grave of Thomas Jefferson in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The tomb of General Lafayette.

Lafayette's Tomb

The tomb of General Lafayette.

This Greek Lekythos is made of red clay and painted in black. The form is elongated and cylindrical, while the neck is long with a shoulder. Its a type of Greek pottery used in the toilet to store oils or in funeral rites to be placed with the deceased in the grave.

Greek Lekythos

This Greek Lekythos is made of red clay and painted in black. The form is elongated and cylindrical,…

This Greek Lekythos is made of red clay and painted in black. The form is elongated and cylindrical, while the neck is long with a shoulder. Its a type of Greek pottery used in the toilet to store oils or in funeral rites to be placed with the deceased in the grave.

Greek Lekythos

This Greek Lekythos is made of red clay and painted in black. The form is elongated and cylindrical,…

This Greek Lekythos is made of red clay and painted in black. The form is elongated and cylindrical, while the neck is long with a shoulder. Its a type of Greek pottery used in the toilet to store oils or in funeral rites to be placed with the deceased in the grave.

Greek Lekythos

This Greek Lekythos is made of red clay and painted in black. The form is elongated and cylindrical,…

This Greek Lekythos is made of red clay and painted in black. The form is elongated and cylindrical, while the neck is long with a shoulder. Its a type of Greek pottery used in the toilet to store oils or in funeral rites to be placed with the deceased in the grave.

Greek Lekythos

This Greek Lekythos is made of red clay and painted in black. The form is elongated and cylindrical,…

This Greek Lekythos is made of red clay and painted in black. The form is elongated and cylindrical, while the neck is long with a shoulder. Its a type of Greek pottery used in the toilet to store oils or in funeral rites to be placed with the deceased in the grave.

Greek Lekythos

This Greek Lekythos is made of red clay and painted in black. The form is elongated and cylindrical,…

This Greek Lekythos is made of red clay and painted in black. The form is elongated and cylindrical, while the neck is long with a shoulder. Its a type of Greek pottery used in the toilet to store oils or in funeral rites to be placed with the deceased in the grave.

Greek Lekythos

This Greek Lekythos is made of red clay and painted in black. The form is elongated and cylindrical,…

This Greek Lekythos is painted in black and white. The form is elongated and cylindrical, while the neck is long with a shoulder. Its a type of Greek pottery used in the toilet to store oils or in funeral rites to be placed with the deceased in the grave.

Greek Lekythos

This Greek Lekythos is painted in black and white. The form is elongated and cylindrical, while the…

This Greek Lekythos has an attic style. The form is elongated and cylindrical, while the neck is long with a shoulder. Its a type of Greek pottery used in the toilet to store oils or in funeral rites to be placed with the deceased in the grave.

Greek Lekythos

This Greek Lekythos has an attic style. The form is elongated and cylindrical, while the neck is long…

This Greek Lekythos has an attic style. The form is elongated and cylindrical, while the neck is long with a shoulder. Its a type of Greek pottery used in the toilet to store oils or in funeral rites to be placed with the deceased in the grave.

Greek Lekythos

This Greek Lekythos has an attic style. The form is elongated and cylindrical, while the neck is long…

This Greek Lekythos is made of red clay and painted in black. The form is elongated and cylindrical, while the neck is long with a shoulder. Its a type of Greek pottery used in the toilet to store oils or in funeral rites to be placed with the deceased in the grave.

Greek Lekythos

This Greek Lekythos is made of red clay and painted in black. The form is elongated and cylindrical,…

This Greek Lekythos is made of red clay and painted in black. The form is elongated and cylindrical, while the neck is long with a shoulder. Its a type of Greek pottery used in the toilet to store oils or in funeral rites to be placed with the deceased in the grave.

Greek Lekythos

This Greek Lekythos is made of red clay and painted in black. The form is elongated and cylindrical,…

This Greek Lekythos is made of red clay and painted in black. The form is elongated and cylindrical, while the neck is long with a shoulder. Its a type of Greek pottery used in the toilet to store oils or in funeral rites to be placed with the deceased in the grave.

Greek Lekythos

This Greek Lekythos is made of red clay and painted in black. The form is elongated and cylindrical,…

This Greek Lekythos is painted in black and white. The form is elongated and cylindrical, while the neck is long with a shoulder. Its a type of Greek pottery used in the toilet to store oils or in funeral rites to be placed with the deceased in the grave.

Greek Lekythos

This Greek Lekythos is painted in black and white. The form is elongated and cylindrical, while the…

This Greek Lekythos has an elongated and cylindrical form with a long neck. Its a type of Greek pottery used in the toilet to store oils or in funeral rites to be placed with the deceased in the grave.

Greek Lekythos

This Greek Lekythos has an elongated and cylindrical form with a long neck. Its a type of Greek pottery…

"Rock-cut from of the Grave of Midas at Doganlu, in Phyrgia." &mdash;D'Anvers, 1895

Grave of Midas

"Rock-cut from of the Grave of Midas at Doganlu, in Phyrgia." —D'Anvers, 1895

The tomb of President James Monroe in Richmond, Virginia.

Tomb of President Monroe

The tomb of President James Monroe in Richmond, Virginia.

The tomb of the fifth President of the United States, James Monroe. His grave is at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia.

Tomb of Monroe

The tomb of the fifth President of the United States, James Monroe. His grave is at Hollywood Cemetery…

Commodore Charles Morris, USN (1784 &ndash; 1856) was a U.S. naval administrator and officer whose service extended through the first half of the 19th century.

Charles Morris's Monument

Commodore Charles Morris, USN (1784 – 1856) was a U.S. naval administrator and officer whose service…

An image depicting the coffin used for mummies in ancient Egypt.

Mummy and Cover of Coffin

An image depicting the coffin used for mummies in ancient Egypt.

"For tombs of smaller dimensions various forms and abnormal decorations were employed. An ornamented erection of a shape similar to an altar or a temple, and resting on a solid substructure, is a by no means uncommon form. Many tombs are constructed like real temples, while others consist only of simple columns."

Tomb of Nævoleia Tyche at Pompeii

"For tombs of smaller dimensions various forms and abnormal decorations were employed. An ornamented…

The monument in honor of Thomas Paine, the author, revolutionary, and intellectual of the American Revolution.

Paine's Monument

The monument in honor of Thomas Paine, the author, revolutionary, and intellectual of the American Revolution.

John Cleves Symmes (July 21st, 1742&ndash;February 26, 1814) was a delegate to the Continental Congress from New Jersey, and later a pioneer in the Northwest Territory.

Symmes's Monument

John Cleves Symmes (July 21st, 1742–February 26, 1814) was a delegate to the Continental Congress…

"Plan of chambered barrow or cairn, at Garrywhin, Caithness. BARROW, a sepulchral mound of earth or stones raised over the site of a burial as a mark of honor to the dead." -Hazeltine, 1894

Tumulus

"Plan of chambered barrow or cairn, at Garrywhin, Caithness. BARROW, a sepulchral mound of earth or…

Washington's grave, Mount Vernon.

Washington's Grave

Washington's grave, Mount Vernon.