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Human Remains In Museums..
For many years the star attraction in the Ulster Museum, for children at least, had been a mummy. When I was younger there was also a tattooed Maori head on display.
While the origins of the mummy are lost in the mists of time the Maori head could date from the 19th Century.
How old must remains be before they're considered suitable for public display?
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I don't think there are any time restrictions.
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Folk seem too easily upset about such things. It's just a body after all, it's not like the owner is still in there.
One can understand thinking it disrespectful and upsetting if it was a person you knew when they were alive, but otherwise why refer to such an exhibition as enjoyment when it's clearly more about curiosity and education ?
I doubt there is a minimum time specified anywhere, but maybe there is. Anything hundreds of years old, or willingly donated by the original owner on their death, shouldn't cause too much reasonable objection. It's not that much different to leaving your body to medical science.
I am fascinated by the body farms that started in America to allow scientists to understand decomposition of bodies in different circumstances. It has proved to be very useful in establishing time of death and helped solve murders. Once again I watched the documentary but would not want to visit one
There's a great difference between offering your mortal remains for medical research, or even to be displayed in one of Dr Gunter's shows, and being displayed to titivate gawpers.
The Maori head, for example, could have been taken as a war trophy as late as the 1870s. I doubt if permission was sought before it was taken and displayed.