|John Fownell, 1673, Phipps Street, Charlestown, MA|
AGED 63 YEARES
DIED THE 19 OF MARC
What is this material? It doesn't look like slate. It makes me wonder about the other materials Boston-area carvers experimented with in the early days of New England gravestones (1660s and 1670s).
It's hard to tell from just a photograph, of course, but the texture certainly reminds me of volcanic tuff, stone made from compacted volcanic ash.
I was also going to say volcanic tuff (if not cement) -- but I don't think you'll find any of that near Boston. Quite fascinating. I hope someone will visit it again and take a closer look.
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