Howard Markel Says Mummies Have Privacy Rights

“I remain of mixed mind about the growing enterprise of exhuming bodies for research,” Howard Markel, a medical historian at the University of Michigan, tells Wired blogger David Dobbs.

“To start with, digging up bodies automatically gets you into murky territory. Unless they’ve willed their bodies to science, most people expect their bodies to be left alone. And we know the mummies especially expected that. They made those tombs difficult to get into for a reason: They did not want to be disturbed as they went on to the River of the Dead and the afterlife. But we found them, and we have disturbed them repeatedly.”

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