Thursday, May 22, 2008

'Naked' mummies covered after complaints

Mummies at a museum are being covered up after visitors complained about them being displayed 'naked'.

One exhibit, the mummified remains of Asru, a chantress at the Temple of Amun in Karnak, has been seen unwrapped for 120 years.

But now, along with the partially-wrapped male mummy of Khary and a child mummy, it is being covered after calls for more respect and dignity to be shown to the ancient remains at Manchester Museum.

They will stay covered from head-to-toe during a consultation period, during which the museum in Oxford Road, Manchester, is asking for the public's views.

Critics have branded the decision 'politically correct rubbish' that will make the museum a 'laughing stock'. The museum's collections of ancient Egyptian artefacts is world renowned and one of the largest in Britain.

Bob Partridge, chairman of Manchester Ancient Egypt Society, said the move was 'absolutely incomprehensible'.

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