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Digging up human remains in the UK
#21
but kev its Scottish law. This might not help www.scotlawcom.gov.uk/download_file/view/430/.

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Quote:nteresting to know if anyone has ever heard of a case being pursued against anyone who failed to obtain the relevant 'burial licence' either from the Home Office or more recently the Ministry of Justice...?.
Very strange I have recently asked the very same question of the ministry. Why you ask?
.....nature was dead and the past does not exist
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#22
Marc Berger Wrote:Very strange I have recently asked the very same question of the ministry. Why you ask?
No reason, other than it occurred to me that after 30 years of adding clauses to DBA, WSI etc etc regarding the need for a burial licence when/if burials encountered, I have never heard of an occasion of a prosecution (and I am pretty sure that in that time there must have been a number of incidents where licences weren't obtained or applied for....)
With peace and consolation hath dismist, And calm of mind all passion spent...
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#23
by Christian i mean, definable as Christian.....if its obviously pagan how can you rebury? Reburial attempts to put the bones back where they came from or in some other sanctified ground, sometimes with a catholic or protestant religious observance.
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#24
archaeologyexile Wrote:.if its obviously pagan how can you rebury? Reburial attempts to put the bones back where they came from or in some other sanctified ground, sometimes with a catholic or protestant religious observance.
That isn't normally the case. Municipal cemeteries (as opposed to church burial grounds) nearly all have unsanctified areas for burials and/or reburials.....
With peace and consolation hath dismist, And calm of mind all passion spent...
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#25
It is in Scotland.....in my experience! Pagan burials do not get reburied.....can't think of a single one in recent times! How would you get the rite correct?
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#26
bomberh Wrote:Dear all, I'm an interested amateur and been reading up on some of the ethical issues surrounding human remains. What does the law currently say about human remains in archaeology? It all seems somewhat unclear and has changed recently. At a practical level would I be correct in saying that an exhumation licence is still required and that bodies must be reburied within 2 years (unless additional approvals are sought)? Is this correct? Is their guidance on how long must pass before a grave can be legitimately excavated for research purposes (i.e. obtaining a licence)?
assuming your question is more than idle curiosity, please inform us as to the research questions you are hoping to answer by digging up human remains and are you capable of determining the burial context and whre do you intend disseminating the results?
If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers
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#27
archaeologyexile Wrote:by Christian i mean, definable as Christian.....if its obviously pagan how can you rebury? Reburial attempts to put the bones back where they came from or in some other sanctified ground, sometimes with a catholic or protestant religious observance.

I always give human remains from my many churchyard watching briefs back to the church for reburial, BUT, alot of the remains were burried as Catholics, is it right that they are reburried as C of E?
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#28
Once dug up it just proves to them that god doesn't exist so most of them couldn't care less although they probably still want their money back for the original burial. Nothing's sacred.
.....nature was dead and the past does not exist
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#29
you forgot to mention that you can get it out quite efficiently if its not too clayey with a high pressure hose pipe.
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#30
Dombant Wrote:you forgot to mention that you can get it out quite efficiently if its not too clayey with a high pressure hose pipe.

Excavating human remains with a high pressure hose pipe !? :face-huh:
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