Sat in front of the TV earlier with my tea on my lap I searched through the TV channels to find something to watch. I came across an episode of Time Team and thought that will do me. Only managed to catch the last 15 minutes or so but something has stayed with me since I finished watching it.
Now I know this topic has been brought up many times, I've even read some articles on it myself, but due to reading lately of stiff debating about archaeologists and metal detectorists about who does what right or wrong, which I have tried to keep out of, I feel that I just have to write this post.
Those few minutes of Time Team I watched showed them examining the contents of four Anglo Saxon graves they had come across. I quietly sat there watching them tear these skeletons to bits, (although carefully), placing the skulls in one box, limbs in other boxes. Then proceed to remove the grave goods. Yes I've seen clips of this happening many a time before, but tonight I saw it in a different light.
For some reason it looked so sinister, so very wrong. Here were laid four people, carefully laid to rest by their loved ones, goods placed carefully to assist them on their journey into the unknown. I bet the mourners never thought for one moment that these dead family members would be dug up and their skulls sat on a museum shelf and their limbs stored in a drawer while their goods are taken away.
My wife who was sat there on her laptop must have been watching it herself and piped up and said, "They should leave them be".
Now I for one can say if ever I came across a grave I could never disturb it. Its just feels so wrong regardless of how much historic info we could get from it.
Just my opinion, I'm not calling archaeologists grave robbers, as they disturb the graves for historic info as regards profit, but at the end of the day, they seem pretty close to the same.