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Grave Robbing

Vandalism and Violence, Then and Now

Michael Coogan | Posted 10.05.2016 | Religion
Michael Coogan

I have been saddened by the destruction of ancient ruins in the ongoing and increasingly complex turmoil in the Middle East. We are certainly right to condemn present-day vandalism and violence by others, but we should also reject vandalism and violence found in our sacred texts.

Grave Robbing or Archaeology?

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Where does the idea of "desecration" begin and the idea of "important scientific research" end?

Accused Grave Robber Decorates Home With Cemetery Loot

Posted 05.12.2013 | Weird News

Police say a 57-year-old central Florida woman is a grave robber who stole nearly 150 items that she used to decorate her home. Statues, lights, p...

Thieves Steal Bell From Italian Shipwreck Site

Reuters | Posted 05.15.2012 | Crime

ROME, March 15 - Underwater thieves have evaded an array of laser systems that measure millimetric shifts in the Costa Concordia shipwreck and 24-hour...

For Sale: Beethoven's Skull

Keith Thomson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Keith Thomson

Skull collecting is a veritable subculture. One man's macabre relic is another man's Barry Bonds seventy-first home-run ball. In the course of my investigation of this realm, I learned that Ludwig van Beethoven's skull is for sale.

Medical Knowledge Used to Depend on Grave Robbing

Kate Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kate Kelly

It was only two hundred years ago that "resurrectionists" would routinely raid cemeteries in order to provide cadavers for dissection classes in medical schools.