Carved in Stone

Carved in Stone (HM1H3L)

Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia 23690 Halifax Regional Municipality
Country: Canada
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N 44° 38.604', W 63° 34.36'

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Pierres grav?es


These gravestones were all carved by hand, using chisels and wooden mallets. Many of the old slate stones were quarried and carved around Massachusetts Bay, and shipped to Halifax before the American Revolution. By the 1770s local stone carvers were making gravestones from a poorer quality local slate (or "ironstone"). Most gravestones carved after 1820 are plain, massive sandstone.

The images or symbols can be a clue to age. Older stones show symbols of death-stylized winged skulls ("death-heads") or winged angels (soul effigies). In the early 1800s the images gradually changed from representations of death to those of bereavement-funerary urns, lamps (of life, extinguished), and sometimes sprigs of willow (weeping).


Toutes les pierres tombales ont ?t? taill?es avec le ciseau et le maillet de bois. La plupart des vieilles tombes en ardoise faites avant la R?volution am?ricaine proviennent des carri?res pr de la baie de Massachusetts. L?ardoise ?tait taill?e et grav?e avant l??tre envoy?e ? Halifax. D les ann?es 1770, les tailleurs de pierre d?Halifax avaient commenc? ? faire des tombes a partir d?une ardoise locale de qualit? inf?rieure. La plupart des pierres tombales faites apr 1820 sont en gr de style massif et simple.

Une image peut constituer un indice de l??ge d?une tombe. Vous verrez sur les pierres tombales les plus anciennes des symboles stylis de la mort: un cr?ne ail? (t?te de mort) ou un ange ail? (effigie de l??me). Au debut des ann?es 1800, les images commencent ? reprenter non pas la mort mais le deuil: une urne ou une lampe fun?raire (symbole de la vie ?teinte) et parfois quelques rameaux de saule pleureur.
HM NumberHM1H3L
Placed ByOld Burying Ground Foundation
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Date Added Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 3:44pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)20T E 454586 N 4943497
Decimal Degrees44.64340000, -63.57266667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 38.604', W 63° 34.36'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 38' 36.24" N, 63° 34' 21.6" W
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Area Code(s)757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1460 Barrington St, Halifax Nova Scotia 23690, CA
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