State of New Hampshire bans sales of human remains



2015-06-26 11:40:40

State of New Hampshire bans sales of human remains

A new law has been cast after the attempted illegal sale of a Civil War soldier's skeleton

In October 2005, an auction house tried to make a sale thatmost would consider distasteful:the remains of Unionist Civil War soldier.

The skeleton had been excavated from Haxall's Landing in Virginia, US,along with the items he was buried withincluding bullets and otherpersonal effects that could today be classed as war memorabilia.

But the sale of thebody - whichwas unearthed on the estate of a Civil War memorabilia collector - was halted when it was discovered that it had been dug up illegally.

State of New Hampshire authorities decided to intervene in the sickening scenario, and have introduced new legislation.

It is now illegal to attempt to sell human remains in New Hampshire - with the exceptionof bodies donated to medical science.

"Human remains" does notonly mean the body itself, but also any items that are deliberately buried with the body. Thiswould include the Unionist soldier's jewellery and militaria.

The news will be welcomed by archaeologists and also Native American groups, whose burial sites havelong been targeted by looters.

Meanwhile, theunnamed Unionist soldier will not be returned to the burial site where he was dug up.

Heis thought to have been amember of a New York regiment who died in battle, and will now be returned to New York for burial.

Elsewhere, bones of a different kind have been selling at auction. Bonham's recently successfully held its first jurassic skeletons auction - including the bones of a Tyrannosaurus Rex.

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