Is Orpheus being needlessly torn apart?


Hillside Meditations has a thought pro­vok­ing post – Grave Robbers spurred on by TIME’s cov­er­age of the recent Thracian finds which may, or may not, have some­thing to do with Orpheus. In a pas­sion­ate post Christian Renner states “I have always thought that arche­ology very often bor­ders dir­ectly to grave rob­bery and desec­ra­tion.” At this point I could be smug and pat­ron­ising. Archaeology isn’t about find­ing things, it’s about find­ing things out. But then it would be obvi­ous that I hadn’t read the Independent.

Wreath from the tomb of Orpheus?
The Independent’s cov­er­age of the Bulgarian finds.

He also asks:

Is there a dif­fer­ence between Spanish com­mun­ists tak­ing dead nuns out of their tombs and dan­cing with the decay­ing corpses and an arche­olo­gist unearth­ing lov­ingly bur­ied remains of ancient kings and put­ting them on dis­play for the dumb masses?”

You guess it: my answer is a clear “No!”

In light of the above does he have a point?
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