Throughout most recorded history, human societies have used various types of cemeteries for burial purposes; this theme points to humanity's need to construct a meaning behind death and reflect life into the places where the dead are interred. Whether the bodies of the deceased are placed in the ground, within elaborate tombs, or simply in the presence of ancient or contemporary monuments, their location holds symbolic meaning as well as practical historical meaning for the surrounding living community. This article explores cemetery culture and architecture and their contribution to the social construction of the cemetery landscape. After exploring the historical development of the modern cemetery, the cemeteries of New Orleans, Louisiana, are used as a case study to illustrate how the cemetery, as a place, is influenced by culture and has cultural significance.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cultural Studies
- Geography, Planning and Development
- Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
- Urban Studies
- Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management