talking about ancient bodies

"Human Remains. Ethics, Conservation, Display" is the first Italian meeting focusing on human remains as sensitive material. We will talk about ethical, conservation, care and display issues. The Congress will take place at the Archaeological Park of Pompeii (Via Plinio 4) on 20th May, and in San Marcellino (Largo San Marcellino 10, Naples) on 21st May, 2019. The first day at Pompeii will be dedicated to an introduction of the topic and to papers about Pompeii’s Biological Heritage. At the end of the first day sessions the participants will be invited to an excursion in the archaeological park. On the second day, in Naples, various case studies from Italy and Europe will be presented.

There is no conference fee.

"Rapiti alla morte"

«Si giunse ad un punto in cui la terra sfondando sotto la cazzuola, mostrò una cavità vuota e profonda tanto, da poterne introdurre un braccio e cavarne fuori delle ossa. Mi avvidi allora ch’era quella l’impressione di un corpo umano, e pensai che colandovi dentro prontamente la scagliola, si sarebbe ottenuto il rilievo della intiera persona. L’esito ha superato ogni mia aspettazione»

Giuseppe Fiorelli, "Scoverta Pompejana", lettera al "Giornale di Napoli", 13 febbraio 1863

Respect for the dead

«Respect for the mortal remains of the dead shall be accorded to all, irrespective of origin, race, religion, nationality, custom and tradition.»

The Vermillion Accord on Human Remains, 1989

display of sensitive materials

«Exhibition of Sensitive Materials Human remains and materials of sacred significance must be displayed in a manner consistent with professional standards and, where known, taking into account the interests and beliefs of members of the community, ethnic or religious groups from whom the objects originated. They must be presented with great tact and respect for the feelings of human dignity held by all peoples.»

ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums, Art. 4.3

An exceptional biological heritage

«[…] although the human being that skeletal remains are derived from no longer exists, their former intimate association with a living person is more than sufficient to earn them respectful treatment […].»

Walker, 2000