Gravestones are made up of different materials, but the most popular are granite, marble and bronze. The type of gravestone is normally chosen by the deceased person before death, or by the family, so personal preference usually determines the choice.
Granite is one of the most popular gravestone material, due to it being so heavy and not as easy to steal. Older versions of gravestones came from fieldstone. However, this material did not stand up to the weather throughout the years. The fieldstone gravestones had carvings, just like the granite versions, but with the stone not being as strong, much of the information carved into these older stones often eroded away.