People tend to regard headstones as permanent but that is simply not so. They fall victim to many perils including subsidence, falling and breaking, vandalism, fires and floods, corrosion, flaking, erosion, rising salt, rising damp or termites.
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Imagine finally tracking down your ancestor's grave, only to find nothing at all to mark the spot? Already, a significant number of the headstones pictured on this quite young website have disappeared.
Cemeteries contain valuable historical records and it is important that our history be preserved. Modern technology allows us to store images and details of inscriptions for posterity that may remain long after the originals have been lost.