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3/31/2019 12:16:00 AM
Grave Robbing

Paulette Ballard
Guest Columnist

Egypt once was one of the richest and most powerful civilizations in the world. When a king died, everything the king would need in the afterlife was buried with him, including gold vessels, food, furniture and other offerings. Tomb robbers and other vandals in both ancient and modern times removed most of the bodies and funeral goods from Egypt’s pyramids.

In 1922 the discovery by Howard Carter of Tutankhamun's nearly intact tomb, caused renewed public interest. Items such as oils, perfumes, toys from his childhood, precious jewelry, chariots and statues of gold and ebony were found completely undamaged. As the coffin of King Tut was opened, there were also bracelets, rings and collars found.

The Grand Egyptian Museum intends to display all 5,000 objects found within the four rooms of King Tut’s tomb.

I’ve had this on my mind for a long time because I don’t think opening these tombs was the right thing to do. My feelings about the grave robbing that went on in Egypt is two-fold. As numerous other people, I enjoyed seeing what was found there and displayed for the public to observe. However, the pyramids and private tombs of kings and Egyptian leaders, were meant to never be opened. This was their way of privately burying their dead.

I realize this gives us historic information, but I don’t feel it gives us the right to uncover their burial places. If someone was to raise the coffins of my parents, thinking they might find something of value, I would be furious. Thankfully funeral home employees hand us any jewelry the deceased person may have on them.

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