Prepared by Elisabeth Lindsay.
A burial ground is another term for cemetery or graveyard. The term is often associated with Native cultures. Where cemeteries, in general, evoke reverence and respect for the dead, the Native burial ground is thought of as a uniquely sacred place. For this reason, there is great alarm when a known burial ground is disturbed.
In genealogy, burial ground may carry a broader meaning, perhaps suggesting an old family cemetery or a place on the family farm or garden where one or more family members were buried.