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GUEST,Banjo Johnny BS: Non-music: Archaeology or Graverobbing? (58* d) RE: BS: Non-music: Archaeology or Graverobbing? 22 Jun 00

More interesting opinions - and people! Yes, I think a large part of the disgust is about the sensationalism. That was a good one about opening Banjo Johnny's mom's grave -- add: with host Geraldo Rivera. How about George Washington's Corpse Up Close and Personal! with host Telly Savalas. But I digress.

Sourdough is doing what we might call non-invasive archaeology, digging thru the ruins without bothering the dead. More power to him! (I thought Schliemann found Troy.)

Mrr and others seem to take the position that the wishes of the living are more important. If I agreed, I would have had my folks cremated for $1000 a pop, instead of the thirty large we spent on funerals, church, caskets, graves, etc. The living could have used the dough. If St. Augustine was right, why are we knocking ourselves out to preserve dead bodies? Conversely, if we have a tradition of burying the dead, shouldn't they stay buried?

Aside to Lepus Rex: I read a book called Tuva or Bust, by Richard Feynman. Told a lot about the people in that region. They have an interesting way of singing.

Johnny in Oklahoma City

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