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They Invented What? (No. 93)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on April 2, 2008

U.S. Pat. No. 6,799,399: Burial structure for the interment of human remains and significant memorabilia.

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Having, thus, described the invention, what is claimed is:

1. A burial structure for the interment of human remains and any associated memorabilia therewith while forming a lasting memorial structure thereby to those therein interred, the burial structure comprising: (a) a plurality of individual burial units to hold the human remains, each individual burial unit comprising: (1) an outer container having a plurality of side walls and a bottom formed perpendicular to the plurality of side walls, the side walls and bottom cooperating to define at least one chamber formed therein, the plurality of side walls and bottom defining within each of the at least one chamber an upper opening and a lower opening; (2) an inner container fitted into each of the at least one chamber of the outer container, the inner container having a separating member upon which a lower chamber is formed thereto, the inner container further having an upper chamber formed to the separating member, the separating member interacting with the plurality of walls particularly forming each of the at least one chamber of the outer container so that the inner container seats within the outer container; (3) a cover fitted atop the side walls, the cover acting to seal the at least one chamber formed therein the outer container, wherein each individual burial unit may be mounted upon another individual burial unit; wherein the at least one chamber comprises a plurality of chambers.

2. The burial unit of 1, wherein the plurality of chambers are formed in the outer container in a two-dimensional matrix comprising a first dimension and a second dimension.

3. The burial unit of claim 2, wherein the first dimension of said two-dimensional matrix is greater than one.

4. The burial unit of claim 2, wherein the second dimension of said two-dimensional matrix is greater than one.

5. The burial unit of claim 2, wherein the first dimension and the second dimension of said two-dimensional matrix is greater than one.

6. The burial unit of claim 5, further comprising a plurality of outer blocks, the blocks being deployed circumferentially about the deployment of the individual burial units or being deployed upon each other such that the outer blocks collectively surround the individual burial units and no individual burial unit is accessible, the blocks having means for interlocking with each other, the blocks providing the outer shell and protection for the burial structure, wherein at least one of the plurality of outer blocks comprises a burial chamber for the interment of at least one whole uncremated body.

7. The burial unit claim 6, wherein at least one of the plurality of the outer blocks comprises a burial chamber for the interment of at least two whole, uncremated bodies.

8. The burial unit of claim 5, further comprising a plurality of outer blocks, the blocks being deployed circumferentially about the deployment of the individual burial units or being deployed upon each other such that the outer blocks collectively surround the individual burial units and no individual burial unit is accessible, the blocks having means for interlocking with each other, the blocks providing the outer shell and protection for the burial structure, wherein at least one of the plurality of outer blocks comprises a burial chamber for the interment of at least two whole, uncremated bodies.

9. The burial unit of claim 1, further comprising a plurality of outer blocks, the blocks being deployed circumferentially about the deployment of the individual burial units or being deployed upon each other such that the outer blocks collectively surround the individual burial units and no individual burial unit is accessible, the blocks having means for interlocking with each other, the blocks providing the outer shell and protection for the burial structure, wherein at least one of the plurality of outer blocks comprises a burial chamber for the interment of at least two whole, uncremated bodies.

10. The burial unit of claim 2, further comprising a plurality of outer blocks, the blocks being deployed circumferentially about the deployment of the individual burial units or being deployed upon each other such that the outer blocks collectively surround the individual burial units and no individual burial unit is accessible, the blocks having means for interlocking with each other, the blocks providing the outer shell and protection for the burial structure, wherein at least one of the plurality of outer blocks comprises a burial chamber for the interment of at least one whole, uncremated body.

11. The burial unit of claim 2, further comprising a plurality of outer blocks, the blocks being deployed circumferentially about the deployment of the individual burial units or being deployed upon each other such that the outer blocks collectively surround the individual burial units and no individual burial unit is accessible, the blocks having means for interlocking with each other, the blocks providing the outer shell and protection for the burial structure, wherein at least one of the plurality of outer blocks comprises a burial chamber for the interment of at least two whole, uncremated bodies.

12. The burial unit of claim 3, further comprising a plurality of outer blocks, the blocks being deployed circumferentially about the deployment of the individual burial units or being deployed upon each other such that the outer blocks collectively surround the individual burial units and no individual burial unit is accessible, the blocks having means for interlocking with each other, the blocks providing the outer shell and protection for the burial structure, wherein at least one of the plurality of outer blocks comprises a burial chamber for the interment of at least one whole, uncremated body.

13. The burial unit claim 3, further comprising a plurality of outer blocks, the blocks being deployed circumferentially about the deployment of the individual burial units or being deployed upon each other such that the outer blocks collectively surround the individual burial units and no individual burial unit is accessible, the blocks having means for interlocking with each other, the blocks providing the outer shell and protection for the burial structure, wherein at least one of the plurality of outer blocks comprises a burial chamber for the interment of at least two whole, uncremated bodies.

14. The burial unit of claim 4, further comprising a plurality of outer blocks, the blocks being deployed circumferentially about the deployment of the individual burial units or being deployed upon each other such that the outer blocks collectively surround the individual burial units and no individual burial unit is accessible, the blocks having means for interlocking with each other, the blocks providing the outer shell and protection for the burial structure, wherein at least one of the plurality of outer blocks comprises a burial chamber for the interment of at least one whole, uncremated body.

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