Museums display’s the dead

The exhibition of human remains in museums and temporary exhibitions inspires young people in science and sparks interest in research in human bodies. Alberti et al (2009, p.135) says: “When young children and young adults experience truly wonderful images, their interest arouses their interest, their minds move, and perhaps a lifelong exploration begins. Cancer field.

Giles (2006, pp. 2-3) argues that the “experience of confrontation” of a face-to-face “with the past is what the museum shows … it seeks to capture.” Hence, this is the reason to visit many museums. As with swamp bodies, they cannot be re-nested simply because their original contexts may have been destroyed. Since their would-be living descendants can be followed closely, Giles suggests showing them in museums, “with sufficient respect for the various interpretations” (ibid., P. 11). As archaeologists, our mission is to promote a better understanding of the past, and telling the stories of swamp victims is one way to do this.


It is said that depicting the dead not only leads to scientific analysis of human remains, but also treats them as objects. “We place it in a specific context with limited information carefully selected to interpret the body for our conditional purposes” (ibid., P. 137). Brooks and Rumsey (2007, p. 261) argue that the human remains in museums are “put in context” by exhuming and placing them in a new context. The dead now have another “function” of serving the interests of the present by using them in our educational endeavors and expanding our knowledge of the human past. The Human Tissue Act (2004) states that “human remains shall be treated with appropriate respect and dignity.” However, how can we achieve this when we use them “as objects for our purposes and needs, regardless of the desires of the dead?” (Alberti and others 2009, p. 138) Cole (2000, p. 169) claims that human remains are “the remains of once vital individuals. They don’t belong in a museum but in a monument. ”Your ad carries a” real risk of creating a treasury of terrible curiosity. “

Educate present and future generations

Although the public can acquire new knowledge by displaying human remains in museums, presentation is not required (Alberti et al. 2009, p. 138) Tarlow (2006) argues that they should be given a degree of privacy, particularly with regard to Cases where naked bodies can be shown publicly and thus criticized. The decision to display the human remains is made by the bilateral and material institutions and scientific communities, which have the greatest impact. As a result, the desires of the dead and their communities are often overlooked. For example, Charles Byrne (O’Brien), the “Irish Giant”, wished his body would be buried at sea, but the Hunterian Museum continues to display his remains and refutes that his will was not on paper and that he is working to educate present and future generations about the conditions of giant races (Alberti et al. 2009, p.140).