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This article is informative and well written. However, it does not offer information about the practical, social, or cultural functions of tombs. Why do scientists believe that tombs were developed by people? To prevent disease? To commemorate the dead? To preserve bodies? Even though the answers to some of these questions are not definitive, there ought to be well formulated and well researched theories on the matter that probably should have a small section in the article. ---

The "Burial vaults" definition distinguishes between interment and burial, but both links go to the same page, which uses these terms apparently interchangeably. This is confusing to the reader. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sum1els (talkcontribs) 19:57, 27 July 2011 (UTC)

I was about to comment this also. It is generally understood that "interment" and "burial" are synonyms and the Wikipedia article Burial makes no distinction ("Burial or interment is the ritual act of..."), therefore the text makes a non-distinction between two objects that are essentially the same thing. The sentence requires rewriting. (talk) 21:57, 20 May 2013 (UTC)


From the article, I find it difficult to distinguish between a mausoleum and a tomb. Any editors want to take this one up? Rklawton 00:02, 21 October 2006 (UTC)

I can try and edit them so that the distinction is clearer. I certainly wouldn't want them to merge. Tomb is a very broad term. Mausoleum is quite specific. Verica Atrebatum 08:23, 6 December 2006 (UTC)
Having re-read the two articles in question, there either seems to be some current misuse of the terms or the terms can be used somewhat interchangeably in, I assume, the US. Brief research has confirmed my own view that a mausoleum is a type of tomb (in its broadest sense) which includes a free-standing building as well as the tomb itself (which strictly-speaking is the place of burial/interment). I cannot really comment on the 'Crypt Mausoleum' at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, although the description suggests it is what we would call a 'burial vault' in the UK. I get the impression that burial vaults don't really exist in the US. Perhaps that is why the Los Angeles example, being unusual, is called a mausoleum. Does this help or just confuse still further? Verica Atrebatum 10:49, 6 December 2006 (UTC)
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