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POLL: How Do Archaeologists Justify Grave Robbing?


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VOTING RESULTS
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It's better than letting the graves be looted.
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It's a false religion anyway, so what's the beef?
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The dead don't care, they're dead.
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Knowledge needs no moral justification.
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It's human nature to be curious.
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Better to stuff the stuff in a closet in a museum than to let a bunch of peasants feed their families.
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It's fine as long as it stays in the same country afterwards.
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It'll look fabulous in National Geographic.
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other (explain)
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no opinion
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We need to figure out who killed who so we can fill in the blanks in an organization chart.
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I reject the premise of your question.
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To understand life in the past.
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When we learn from the past, we learn about ourselves for now and the future.
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POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP opines:

There's a thread running here about Nefertiti's tomb probably being right behind a wall in Tut's tomb. Let's knock it down and see if she's there.

What is so virtuous about digging up people's tombs and "studying" their remains?

Put the mummy on display, stripped of all dignity. Stuff the grave goods in a closet in some museum, never to see the light of day.

I can at least understand the motivation of legitimate grave robbers who just want to melt the gold down.

So. How is digging up King Tut and his Mum justified?

Poll set up by Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian, based on this pre-poll discussion.