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Regarding the dead : human remains in the British Museum / edited by Alexandra Fletcher, Daniel Antoine and J. D. Hill.

Fletcher, Alexandra (Museum curator)

About this work


A key publication on the British Museum's approach to the ethical issues surrounding the inclusion of human remains in museum collections and possible solutions to the dilemmas relating to their curation, storage, access management and display.


London : British Museum, [2014]

Physical description

vi, 142 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 30 cm.


Part One -- Holding and displaying human remains. Introduction / Simon Mays; Curating human remains in museum collections: broader considerations and a British Museum perspective / Daniel Antoine; Looking death in the face: different attitudes towards bog bodies and their display with a focus on Lindow Man / Jody Joy; The scientific analysis of human remains from the British Museum collection: research potential and examples from the Nile Valley / Daniel Antoine and Janet Ambers
Part Two -- Caring for, conserving and storing human remains. Introduction / Gaye Sculthorpe; Ancestral remains from Oceania: histories and relationships in the collection of the British Museum / Natasha McKinney -- Collection care: handling, storing and transporting human remains / Daniel Antoine and Emily Taylor; Conservation of human remains from archaeological contexts / Barbara Wills, Clare Ward and Vanessa Saiz Gomez with contributions by Capucine Korenberg and Julianne Phippard
Part Three -- Researching the British Museum Collection. Introduction / Clark Spencer Larsen; Old bones overturned: new evidence for funerary practices from the Sasanian empire / St John Simpson and Theya Molleson; Beneath the surface: imaging techniques and the Jericho Skull / Alexandra Fletcher, Jessica Pearson, Theya Molleson, Richard Abel, Janet Ambers and Crispin Wiles; The collection of Egyptian mummies in the British Museum: overview and potential for study / John H. Taylor; The human remains from Tell es-Sa'idiyeh: international custiodianship, respect and research / Jonathan Tubb and Caroline Cartwright; The bioarchaeology of Amara West in Nubia; investigating the impacts of political, cultural and environmental change on health and diet / Michaela Biner and Neal Spencer.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • English

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  • 9780861591978
  • 0861591976

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