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Ancient remains should be given more respect

I HAVE shared the interest of the public at finds being made at the well-publicised archeological dig in Londonderry city centre.

However, an area of concern and unease is the way that human remains have been exposed and laid bare for viewing by the public, including schoolchildren.

I believe we have a responsibility to treat human remains with dignity and respect and the passage of time does not give us the right to ignore this basic fact.

I'm not sure a photograph of a small group of smiling people, including Environment Minister Mark H Durkan, staring down at human remains is suitable.

Perhaps I am out of step on this, or could it be that officials, in their excitement have overlooked the fundamental right for human remains to be treated with respect and dignity.

ALD ALAN CHAMBERS (Ind)

North Down Borough Council

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