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Ethics of Human Remains in Museums

June 26, 2017

Olatunde Barber shares his views on the display of Egyptian human remains.



I agree with the study of past civilisations for a much needed guide for handling today and constructing the future, but I think the dead should be left for the dead, they should be accorded their well deserved respect. We should not be going about digging up the remains of people who did not give us permission to do that. 
The study of man made cultural objects I can understand, but the desecrating of people's graves is something that I can not get myself to agree with.


Olatunde Barber is a PhD researcher in Museum studies at the School of Museum Studies in Leicester, an artist and a curator at The University of Lagos Museum, Nigeria.

Picture: Felix Bonfils, 'Mummies found in a royal tomb in Thebes', 1878. BnF, Paris.

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