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Beginning with a trip to the Louvre to visit a reconstruction of the funerary chapel of Tuthmosis III, this closing chapter reflects on attitudes to the displaying of displaced remains. It identifies the museum as a place of trauma, but also of joy and learning, with the potential to tell new stories that provide a deeper account of history.

The book ends with some examples of positive approaches to ancient Egyptian remains. Particularly notable is an incident in 1976, when the deteriorating body of Ramses II was transported from Egypt to France to undergo restorative treatment. In contrast to the fate of many other mummies, including Ramses himself throughout much of his afterlife, this time the pharaoh was given a respectful welcome, including a trip to the place de la Concorde to visit one of the obelisks from the Luxor temple. Such an example proves that it is possible to treat ancient human remains with dignity. It all depends on the stories we choose to tell.

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The stories behind Egyptian mummies in museums


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