The fascinating history of cemeteries - Keith Eggener
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Cemeteries are often called necropoles, or cities of the dead. And just as in cities of the living, their architectural elements come in widely varied styles that speak of cultural shifts and changing tastes. While traditional architectural styles such as Classical, Gothic, and Egyptian revivals predominate in many cemeteries, including some of the most famous ones, others include tombs and other structures of cutting-edge contemporary design. Meanwhile, as architects, historians, and others work to preserve important burial grounds of the past, others are busy planning the cemeteries and mortuary practices of the future. Such considerations will become increasingly important as the Earth’s population rises, our climate worsens, and we confront the mounting environmental costs of traditional earth burial. To learn more about the alternative practices to traditional burials, check out this TED talk by mortician Caitlin Doughty.
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