Let’s assume that (A) this has to be a place that someone was purposefully buried/entombed with (B) some kind of marker to let others know who was buried there, (C) that has not been moved from its original location or significantly altered and (D) it’s a place that a regular person can casually visit.
People have been intentionally interring the dead for an incredibly long time—Neandertals and Paleolithic human burials have been discovered which point to burial practices that go back much longer than we had previously believed.
Grotte des Pigeons – Abdeljalil Bouzouggar
The Taforalt (Grotte des Pigeons) is technically the world’s oldest cemetery, but you can’t exactly wander through it freely and check out the graves. For one, the graves aren’t like the ones you see in your local graveyard—this cemetery is at least 14000 years old after all. This burial ground is inside of a cave in Morocco and there are no headstones marking the individual graves.
The Taforalt, like other old burial sites (like the Circle Grave A and B in Greece) is also an active archaeological site so you can’t just walk around the graves. Not only are they still excavating the land, but many of the bodies that were discovered there have been removed and are being studied in universities and museums around the world.
In these older, prehistoric graves, caves and tumuli there are often many people buried in them and we don’t know who each of them were when they were alive. We can’t know their names for sure and have to make a lot of guesses to be able to piece together an approximate idea about their lives.
The Great Pyramids of Giza are pretty old, the oldest of which was built between 2580-2560BCE for Khufu, an Egyptian Pharoah. But the Great Pyramid of Giza isn’t even the oldest pyramid in Egypt—that would be the Pyramid of Djoser, built between 2630-2610BCE. Djoser was another Egyptian Pharoah who lived about 100 years before Khufu.