Do you think its ethical to dig up old archaeological graves ?

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Lots of example eg eygptions pyramid

Is it ethical to dig up all these graves of old monarchs in the name of archaeology?

Its like disturbing the dead.
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I'm sure they don't mind.

Egyptian pharoes had their stuff taken out anyway . And their heart weighed against a feather which determined their fate.
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How can a heart weigh less than a feather?
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We just dug up Richard III. Poor dude had been at rest in the municipal car park in Leicester for nigh on six centuries.
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We just dug up Richard III. Poor dude had been at rest in the municipal car park in Leicester for nigh on six centuries.
thats what i am talking about

is it morally acceptable to dig up someone's grave. i am sure no one(esp old kings) likes to have their grave dug up after he/she dies and your body become some kind of specimen for study.
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(Original post by GnomeMage)
thats what i am talking about

is it morally acceptable to dig up someone's grave. i am sure no one(esp old kings) likes to have their grave dug up after he/she dies and your body become some kind of specimen for study.
tbh I think he might be happier in York Cathedral !!!
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(Original post by GnomeMage)

is it morally acceptable to dig up someone's grave. i am sure no one(esp old kings) likes to have their grave dug up after he/she dies and your body become some kind of specimen for study.
I don't think anyone (esp old kings) dislike it either, on account of the fact that they are deceased.
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It is ethical, our desire to know what's down there will almost always supersede respecting the grave of someone who's not alive to care.
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if it's to make way for better transport links then yes
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Yeah why not, who is hurt by it- it's not like they care, they're dead.
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Yeah why not, who is hurt by it- it's not like they care, they're dead.
they might be looking down from heaven and think "oh dear no please"

who knows?
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tbh I think he might be happier in York Cathedral !!!
Shame they're carting him off to Leicester then.
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OP, I think for archaeological, historical and scientific purposes yes but ethically and morally I feel the same as you.
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I see no reason to put people in the ground, given the economic climate. Throw them all in the bloody sea and let them become part of nature quicker by becoming fish food - it'll save the money that we use to feed the blood things (all for fish and chips :rolleyes:).

only reason it sounds shocking is because we are all indoctrinated. once we've peacefully died, why shouldn't our bodies be used for the benefit of humanity? Boo hoo, silly relatives can't visit the place where the corpse is lying in the ground - they should learn to move in quicker, before they're in the sea as well.
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Shame they're carting him off to Leicester then.
It is not certain yet. High Court case has been adjourned.
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It is not certain yet. High Court case has been adjourned.
Oh really. For me York makes sense, I mean Leicester was the first place they thought to drag his mangled cadaver, I don't see how that makes it the right place. He was the last Yorkist king, he commissioned his mausoleum to be built in York (or so i've been told) so anywhere else doesn't really seem right.
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Unless they've got family that would be upset by it (and the ones that are dug up are so old that this is unlikely) then I don't think anyone is going to care. Especially not a dead body.


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Oh really. For me York makes sense, I mean Leicester was the first place they thought to drag his mangled cadaver, I don't see how that makes it the right place. He was the last Yorkist king, he commissioned his mausoleum to be built in York (or so i've been told) so anywhere else doesn't really seem right.
I agree with you. York was the capital of the North and as the King's brother, Richard lived there a lot. It is a very important city. A Roman Emperor was crowned there and it has a very important cathedral. I am in favour of a mini state funeral. He was the last proper English King.
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Unless they've got family that would be upset by it (and the ones that are dug up are so old that this is unlikely) then I don't think anyone is going to care. Especially not a dead body.


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Well they do have "family". A lot of descendants have issued legal proceedings to take possession of the body so he can be properly buried.
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(Original post by Old_Simon)
Well they do have "family". A lot of descendants have issued legal proceedings to take possession of the body so he can be properly buried.
Wait, are you talking about someone in particular? I was going on the OPs example of excavating pyramids. Those bodies are thousands of years old, and anyone was was a descendent would possibly not even know it.

I meant in contrast to someone saying the wanted to go dig up your granny, that would be upsetting to most people.


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