The Plymouth Colony Archive Project

Additional Illustrations of
Evolving Gravestone Styles

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The gravestone below is an example of Stone 11 from the Plympton County cemetery, as depicted in Figure 3 of the study by James Deetz and Edwin Dethlefsen entitled Death's Head, Cherub, Urn and Willow.
Plympton County gravestone depicted as Stone 11 in Figure 3 of study entitled Death's Head, Cherub, Urn and Willow    This is the position of this gravestone in the Plympton cemetery stylistic trends over time; use the link below to see a full-size version of this Figure 3
This stone shows the development of a third, distinct style, which is nonethless related to the Medusa design and the multiple-halo styles. We see in this stone a design with more conventional wings, tightly-curled hair, and facial elements more similar to the stylistic precursors. Note that the heart-shaped mouth has been omitted on this stone, and will be replaced with a simplified mouth form on other stones in this stylistic trend. This style, illustrated by Stones 11 through 14, is found on graves in cemeteries located to the west of the cemeteries in which the other gravestone style trends are found.
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Figure 3 of Death's Head, Cherub, Urn and Willow article

Death's Head, Cherub, Urn and Willow article

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