Category talk:Burial grounds

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Proposed renaming and movement[edit]

I strongly object to this proposal. I created this category and have spent a substantial amount of time devolping it in order to differentiate between different types of burial ground, especially Cemeteries, Churchyards and Necropoles, but also, in Japan, Family graveyards. There are numerous countries with the first three subcategories and, when I have finished developing the area, there will be many more. The statement that 'most' burial grounds are cemeteries is only true of certain countries. Churchyards are equally widespread in some countries and a necropolis is a completely separate concept. For more information on the differences between these types of burial ground, please see the Grave gallery. Verica Atrebatum (talk) 12:40, 6 August 2009 (UTC)

Please document the top level categories (and "burial grounds by country" accordingly, otherwise this type of request will come back again and again. --Foroa (talk) 16:12, 6 August 2009 (UTC)
I'm happy to do some extra work on this. Could you possibly expand on exactly what it is you'd like added? Thanks. Verica Atrebatum (talk) 19:55, 6 August 2009 (UTC)
I see what you mean now. I have improved the documentation at the top of the category pages slightly and will add some galleries in the next few days. Thanks for your input. Verica Atrebatum (talk) 12:19, 7 August 2009 (UTC)

Unfortunately, Merriam-Webster is a US dictionary and there seems to be much less of a distinction between types of burial ground in the US, particularly between cemeteries and churchyards. Although 'cemetery' could be used in the UK to describe any type of burial ground, in general usage it isn't. A cemetery is usually a municipal burial ground. A churchyard is obviously the graveyard around a church and therefore has specific religious overtones. 'Burial grounds' is a much broader term and therefore an ideal parent category to cemeteries, churchyards, necroples, etc. Verica Atrebatum (talk) 17:35, 9 October 2009 (UTC)

The Oxford English Dictionary says "A burial-ground generally; now esp. a large public park or ground laid out expressly for the interment of the dead, and not being the ‘yard’ of any church. " Verica Atrebatum (talk) 14:28, 3 November 2009 (UTC)