For centuries, robbers have looted and desecrated the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs. Even during the early part of the twentieth century, archaeologists destroyed, spoiled, and desecrated grave sites in the name of science. In the twenty-first century, we have come to believe that burial sites are to be treated with respect and should not be desecrated or violated. Digging into them, whether for treasure or for information, is a kind of desecration or abuse not to be taken lightly.
Quiz: Why might someone desecrate something?
- To try to prove that it is worth more than people think.
- To try to uncover or reveal its secrets.
- To deliberately try to lessen its sacred value.