الأربعاء، 27 فبراير 2013

The Titanic Artifact Exhibit

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  • The Titanic Artifact Exhibit

    When people think about artifacts, they often only consider ancient artifacts from many centuries ago. They rarely think of
    modern artifacts. But artifacts are any objects made by humans. Scientists study these artifacts not only to learn more
    about the time period during which the artifact was made but also to learn more about the world in which we currently live.

    The artifacts that were recovered when the wreck of the Titanic was found tell us about what life was like during that time
    period. In addition, the condition of these artifacts also has helped scientists learn more about the accident itself. By
    studying these artifacts, we can better understand what happened that fateful night.

    Many people have been lucky enough to see the Titanic Artifact Exhibit. This exhibit has traveled the world and contains
    approximately 300 artifacts retrieved from the wreck of the Titanic. The famous ship sunk in the Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912. Almost 1,500 people died when the ship went down. This tragedy has long fascinated the world because the Titanic was billed as an "unsinkable" ship.

    In the years following the disaster, researchers searched the Atlantic for the remains of the ship. In 1985, the wreck was
    finally discovered thanks to modern technology. Using great care, many valuable artifacts have been recovered from the ship. The Titanic Artifact Exhibit contains items such as pieces of the actual ship, along with personal belongings of the crew and the passengers.

    The wonderful thing about the exhibit is that visitors see both the recovered artifacts and presentations about where and
    how these items would have been used on the ship. The exhibit strives to create an overall experience for visitors so they
    can understand what life was like almost one hundred years ago.

    Using a time progression, the exhibit takes visitors through the phases of the ship. You see information and artifacts
    pertaining to the design and construction of the ship. You also see displays detailing the discovery of the wreckage, how
    the artifacts were recovered from the ship, and what is being done to preserve these precious objects from the past.

    Over the past few years, the exhibit has visited many cities, and countless people have been able to see the artifacts
    contained in this fascinating collection. In 2007, the exhibit can be seen at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, British
    Colombia, Canada.

    Guests to the museum climb a gangplank to enter the exhibit, so they feel as if they are passengers on the ship. The
    exhibit has recreated what some corridors on the ship looked like. In addition, visitors can see what cabins for passengers
    in 1st and 3rd class were like. These cabins contain recovered artifacts. An outdoor cafe, also containing artifacts from
    the ship, has been created for visitors to examine.

    Even though the Titanic sunk almost a century ago, the artifacts retrieved from the ship still fascinate and educate the
    world. These objects allow us to view a time in history that had a huge impact on the world.

    The Importance of Artifacts

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    Artifacts are objects made by humans that are usually created for a specific purpose. Artifacts can either be ancient or
    modern. Ancient artifacts usually are recovered as part of an archeological dig. The artifacts from the past are meaningful
    because they represent some aspect of the culture and civilization in which they were created and used.

    Archeologists are interested in artifacts from primitive times because they tell us how ancient civilizations lived. By
    examining the artifacts left behind by these civilizations, archeologists and scientists learn more about how the people
    during that time hunted and prepared food. Moreover, artifacts tell us how these people designed their homes or shelters
    and what tools they used in daily life.

    Archeologists also are interested in the clothing and jewelry worn by past civilizations. The way people dressed and what
    they used to adorn themselves often tells us a great deal about their belief system. Jewelry, in particular, often reflects
    the ideology of the culture, so these artifacts are particularly interesting.

    Ancient artifacts were manufactured in many different ways by many different societies and cultures. The methods used vary
    greatly between civilizations. Some ancient artifacts were made from bone or stone. Early man often used the natural
    products around him to create tools and weapons. Later civilizations used manufacturing processes to create tools and

    Archeologists consider more than simply the artifact itself. During an excavation, they consider the artifact plus explore
    its significance as it pertains to where the object was found. The location of an artifact often can help archeologists
    further understand its use and significance.

    For instance, many artifacts are found in tombs and graves. These artifacts take on additional meaning since they were
    enclosed with a body. Some civilizations buried tools with their dead. They believed the souls of the dead would need these
    tools once they reached the other side.

    Homes and dwellings are often areas in which many artifacts are found. By studying these artifacts, archeologists can learn
    more about the culture and the social atmosphere of these ancient civilizations.

    Many museums display artifacts from famous archeological digs. For instance, Native American artifacts can be found in many
    museums throughout the United States. Some Egyptian artifacts are among the most famous. Exhibits tour the world showing the
    tools, jewelry, and other artifacts discovered over the years in Egyptian tombs.

    Some people feel that museums should do more than simply display these artifacts. More museums are listening and now they
    are explaining to their guests how these artifacts were used and what the artifacts tell us about these ancient people and
    civilizations. Many museums now have media presentations so you can learn a great deal about the artifacts on display.
    These displays make learning about the artifacts not only educational but also fun.

    When it comes to artifacts, the more we know about the people and societies who have inhabited this world before us, the
    more we can understand our past. By understanding our past, we can have a much clearer view into our future.

    Just Face It, Your Kids Think You're an Artifact

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  • Just Face It, Your Kids Think You're an Artifact

    Do you remember when you were young and you felt like you would never grow up? Thirty seemed like a really old age and you would not have to worry because it would take forever for you to get there anyway.

    You also thought your parents were artifacts who must have been born in the Stone Age. They had no clue about what you liked and what kind of problems and issues you faced every day in life.

    Well, you did grow up, and quickly. Now you are over thirty and have a couple of kids who are getting to be the age you were when you thought that about your parents. You, however, have made a conscious effort to keep your kids from thinking that you and your spouse are artifacts.

    But it is not going to work, not matter how hard you try. You can think you are an amazing parent who totally understands
    what your kids are feeling and going through because you went through it to at a time. But they do not think that way.

    They think you are an old geezer who would not understand what they are going through in life even if it bit you in the pants. Do not fret about it. It is a common result of having kids who are growing up and they will also have kids who will treat them that way someday.

    It is human (or kids) nature and it is futile to try and stop them from feeling that way.
    The best way to go about it is to simply acknowledge that yes, you are artifacts and you have no idea what is going on with
    their lives. Then let them try to figure out their problems on their own and eventually come back to you for guidance.

    Trust this fact, it will happen sooner or later.

    The most important thing is to remember that your kids do love you but they are going through that stage when they are
    too cool for everything and life is the most unfair piece of work ever. Those feelings will pass and eventually you will be
    best friends with your children again.

    However, for now, let them think that they are the most amazing and smart people in the world who can figure out everything
    for themselves. Remember, you are just artifacts who would not know a real problem like they have and you could not possible understand what they are going through.

    Instead, simply sit back, relax and smile as they go through the teenage drama that all kids go through and laugh and say
    that you told them so when they ask you for advice.

    Then someday when they have their own kids, they will come back to you and say how their kids do not know anything and you
    can remind them of their past and have a good laugh. Welcome to the unpopular parent club! Population: every parent in the world.

    Determining the Age of Artifacts

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    When you tour a museum and see a display of artifacts, you probably wonder how old the artifacts are. Archeologists feel the
    same way. When they discover artifacts, they want to determine how old they are. By knowing how old an artifact is, the
    archeologists can learn more about the people who created the artifact. They'll have a better idea what life was like during
    that time period.

    Archeologists use several methods to determine the age of artifacts. Because these objects help archeologists, researchers,
    and sociologists learn about ancient civilizations, it's important to know how old found artifacts are.
    When they uncover an ancient artifact, archeologists try to determine its numerical or chronological age by analyzing the
    chemical and physical characteristics of the object. A variety of tests exist, and the test that is used often depends on
    the projected age of the object and the material from which the object is made.

    Since the middle of the twentieth century, some archeologists and scientists have looked to atom behavior as a means of
    determining the age of certain materials. One method often used is radiocarbon dating, also called carbon-14 dating.
    Radiocarbon dating was an important discovery made during the 1900s. It has greatly aided archeologists in their quest for
    more information about the artifacts they discover.

    Radiocarbon dating was discovered by Professor Libby of the University of Chicago following World War II. The way Radiocarbon
    dating works is that it measures the radioactive decay of carbon-14 and can be used to tell the age of organic artifacts.
    Researches measure how much carbon-14 exists in the artifact. This measurement then enables them to determine the age of the

    Not all artifacts can be tested with Radiocarbon dating. Another method used is Potassium-argon dating. Potassium-argon
    dating can be used with non-organic materials, such as rocks. Moreover, it can test the age of rocks that much older than
    the organic artifacts that can be tested with Radiocarbon dating.

    Although organic artifacts cannot be tested this way, the way rocks are dated using the Potassium-argon method is that as
    potassium breaks down over time, it becomes a gas called argon-40. Since scientists know the rate at which potassium decays,
    they can compare the potassium to argon ratio in rock and determine the age.

    Potassium-argon testing is perfect to use on non-organic materials because it allows scientists to date much older materials
    than radiocarbon dating. When artifacts are made of rock, such as rudimentary tools and utensils, they can be examined using
    this method.

    Many other methods are used by archeologists and scientists to determine the age of artifacts. Some methods consider the
    amount of heat the artifacts have been exposed to by the sun or fire. As technology progresses, more methods of determining
    the age of artifacts are being discovered.

    All of these methods, both old and new, are used by archeologists to uncover more information about the way people used to
    live many centuries ago. With this information, we get an invaluable glimpse into the past.

    Creating Artifacts for the Future

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    When you die, how would you like to be remembered? Would you like to be remembered for your fast cars, beautiful women and flashy designer wardrobe? Or, would you rather be remembered as a kind person who cared for others while selflessly serving your fellow man and saving animals in the process?

    However you want to be remembered, you must remember this: the artifacts that you will leave behind when you die will serve as the means for people to remember you and what you stood for.

    So, it’s safe to say that you really aren’t interested in thinking about death and your eventual mortality, right?

    However, today is the perfect time to take stock in your life so far and decide how you would like to be remembered by friends, your children, grandchildren and extended family after you have passed on from this life.

    Take a look around your house. These items will more or less be the artifacts left behind from your life if you died today. Is this mess of pizza boxes, beer cans and old magazines how you would like your legacy to be remembered? Probably not.

    So what should you do today to help change your life and start creating a legacy for yourself that will last after you are gone from this life? Start by looking at your friends.

    Are they people you enjoy being around? Are they people who will stick up for you when times get tough and come to your aid if you ever need it? Your friends are part of the artifacts you will leave behind when
    you die. If they aren’t the type of people you would want to be involved with, look to find other friends.

    Also, look at your personal hobbies and habits. Do you have a reputation for fast women and a fast life? You may want to rethink that as you continue to age and are looking to improve your life and the artifacts you leave behind. If you have a
    bad reputation and a bad attitude towards people, those are more artifacts that you will leave behind.

    Of course, you do not have to turn in to a saint, but you should be conscious of what you are portraying yourself as in the
    future. If you don’t care about the type of artifacts you leave behind in this life, continue on the same path you are going. You will be remembered either fondly or negatively, that is your choice. Or, if you change your life and make better decisions, your life will be remembered with great joy and people will solace in the fact that you were a good person who created a good life and left the world a little bit better than how you found it.

    The choice is up to you. Just know that the artifacts you leave behind will remain forever. Forever is a long time. You have
    only one life so live it the way you best see fit and create your own happiness and reputation.

    Ancient Egyptian Artifacts

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    Many famous archeological excavations have happened in Egypt, and the artifacts recovered from these digs are some of the
    best known in the world. Egypt had a thriving civilization long before many countries even existed. This civilization
    produced some of the best-known buildings, sculptures, and art found in the world.

    Three of the most recognized artifacts from Ancient Egypt are the Great Pyramids. The Great Pyramids are located in Giza.
    Three successive rulers during the Old Kingdom of Ancient Egypt had these impressive structures created. The rulers, Khufu,
    Chefron, and Mycerinus wanted magnificent tombs built to hold their remains when they died.

    These pyramids contained amazing artifacts that reflected the very best that the Egyptian society produced at the time.
    Not only were precious works of art included in the tombs, other artifacts such as furniture and jewelry were sealed within
    the pyramids. In fact, sadly servants were also often sealed within the pyramids, supposedly to aid the rulers in the

    No discussion of Ancient Egyptian artifacts would be complete without mentioning the famous King Tut. King Tutankhamen was
    only a child when he came to power in 1361 B.C. One theory is that he was assassinated as a teen since he died from a head
    wound, although no one knows for certain what happened. In 1922, the tomb of King "Tut" was discovered by Howard Carter, a
    British archeologist. The tomb of King Tutankhamen contained many priceless artifacts, including jewelry, furniture, and a
    famous gold mask.

    Another Ancient Egyptian artifact still standing today is the Great Sphinx. Connected to King Chephren's pyramid, the Great
    Sphinx depicts the face of the Pharaoh on the body of a lion. Scholars believe the Great Sphinx was created to guard the
    burial grounds. This massive structure is 65 feet tall and 200 feet long. Although time has worn at the features, the Great
    Sphinx is still an amazing artifact from long ago.

    The Rosetta Stone is a famous and historically significant artifact. This artifact was found in 1799. The writing on this
    stone made it possible to translate the meaning of hieroglyphics. Believed to have been created in 196 B.C., the stone
    contains a royal decree written in three languages. The languages included on the stone are hieroglyphics, Greek, and an
    ancient Egyptian alphabet language called demotic. In 1822, the text on the Rosetta Stone was translated. Thanks to this
    translation, scholars then had a way to decipher hieroglyphics.

    Queen Nefertiti is remembered because of an artifact found in a sculptor's house. The bust of Queen Nefertiti is considered
    to be unique because it depicts her in realistic detail. The sculptor, Thutmose, probably created the bust for others to
    copy. Many other busts and artifacts also were found in the sculptor's house when it was uncovered in 1912. The bust of
    Queen Nefertiti, one of the most famous artifacts from Ancient Egypt, currently resides in the Altes Museum in Berlin.

    When it comes to amazing artifacts detailing past civilizations, Ancient Egypt produced countless treasures. Many museums
    throughout the world display artifacts from this civilization, making it possible for people worldwide to see for themselves
    the beauty that was Ancient Egypt. 

    What Will People Consider Artifacts in 100 years?

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  • What Will People Consider Artifacts in 100 years?

    Do you ever stop to think  that one day, the life we living now will be considered history? A weird thought because we think
    of the past as back in the “olden days” where people had to walk barefoot to school both ways in the snow and they didn’t
    have the Internet or radio to keep them company on boring Saturday afternoons.

    An interesting thought is what will people consider to be artifacts when they look at us in 100 years? Will they look at
    our high tech cell phones and laugh because we were so amused by the simple things in life? Will they look at the war in
    Iraq and realize that it was the point when the world really started to break down? Will they curse us for ruining the
    planet and the natural beauty of the Earth for them?

    Chances are, they will look at our technology, our blogs, our photos and celebrity obsession and take that as the artifacts
    from these years of our lives. It is not necessarily a bad thing, we do not know if the world will be in ruin in 100 years
    or if it will be this utopia where world peace reins and world hunger has ended. What we do know is what we have here today,
    and what we have is not that bad.

    We have terrorism, we have war and we have enough violence to last lifetimes. We also have a lot of peace, love and hope
    that can serve as lasting artifacts for the future. Future generations can look back at the artifacts we leave and know we
    were a body of people who were trying to do the right thing while getting stuck in the mistakes of the past.

    Hopefully people of the future will continue to learn from our mistakes and use our artifacts as guides to continually
    improve the world. They could also just take a look at the party pictures that we leave and laugh because we at least knew
    how to have a good time!

    People can sit and hypothesize about the future and remember the past for what it was. What we can do is make our mark for
    the future to show others and make them understand what we as people were all about. We worked hard, we played even harder
    and we loved to make a difference. In the end, that will be all that matters.

    Then, maybe in 200 years, the people will look back at us in history and recognize that this was the time in history when
    people were really focused on doing the right thing and creating a better life for everyone in it, including the people of
    the future.

    Can they get all of this from the artifacts we leave behind? Of course! We have learn from past generations that way,
    haven’t we? That is why we leave behind our mark, to show the people of the future what we did and where we are going. Who
    knew artifacts told that whole story?

    Seashells: Artifacts of the Ocean

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  • Seashells: Artifacts of the Ocean

    I recently took a vacation to the beach. I love the smell of the ocean breeze and the way the sun beats down on me as the
    motion of the waves calms my every worry in the world. I could literally spend years on the beach and never regret a moment
    of it.

    One of my favorite beach activities is searching for seashells. There are millions of seashells in the ocean that come from
    a wide variety of creatures. They all look different and each has their own personalities that comes across in the divots
    and impressions in the shells.

    As I was looking for my seashells, I had a thought. The ocean is a vast body of secrets that has a story underneath that no
    one really knows about. So, in essence, each sea shell tells a different, but small, portion of the ocean’s story. They are
    truly artifacts of the ocean that show what the ocean has been, is now and will be in the future.

    Pretty deep if you think about it. Just like each person has a different story and a different set of artifacts that they
    take with them from day to day, so do the seashells at the beach. Each has experienced it’s own part of the story of the
    vast ocean and has lived to tell about it. Making it on to the beach is its way of trying to get the story out to the world.

    I kept thinking about this as I made my way down the beach with my collection of beautiful shells. Each had a different
    shape, color and texture and each was beautiful in its own way.

    We have our own stories so in essence, we are like the seashells in the ocean of life. We each carry our own personal
    artifacts with us that are a representation of what we have experienced in our lives and we really cannot share our true
    experiences with anyone other than ourselves. Other people will see the artifacts on our skin and the laugh lines on our
    face, but they will never truly know our story, just like we will never know the story of the ocean or the seashells.

    The point was not to be too philosophical, but to realize that people are all unique and we are special in all of our own
    ways. People do not take the time to realize that any more and when they don’t realize it, they lose a bit of their identity
    each time they forget about it.

    So remember you are an artifact of the world and you tell your own unique story in the world, just like seashells tell the
    story of the ocean, piece by piece. People don’t feel like they are important enough and thinking about this idealistic
    notion will make you feel better about your place in the world and realize that we are all important in our own way.

    Pictures Can Be Artifacts to the Past

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  • Pictures Can Be Artifacts to the Past

    Do you enjoy taking pictures and collecting the photographs in scrapbooks, photo albums or online on their own special place?
    Of course you do! Most people do and they love to take picture after picture of everything from a random night out with
    friends, to pictures of their family and children to photos of their vacations to every corner of the globe.

    Why do people love taking pictures so much? Well, look at the reasons why you like taking photos. You like to take photos
    because it is a reminder of the good times and of the bad times. In essence, photos serve as your very own historical
    artifact to the past and allow you to remember events that have memories that fade with the passing years.

    Pictures are personal artifacts that tell the story of you. You can look at other people’s photos and never really truly
    understand what they were feeling when the picture was taken. But you can easily take a picture of something and remember
    your exact feelings years later.

    So, do not miss an opportunity to take photos at every instance you can. You never know when that moment will be snapped
    away from you, never to be seen again. Remember the faces of your children and relatives as they grow older and remember
    what your parents looked like while they were young. Photographs allow you to do all of that.

    Also, pass on the importance of photos to your family and friends. They will most likely already be aware of the importance
    of creating photo artifacts, but you will want to make sure that they agree that taking as many photos as possible in life
    is a good idea. That way, they will possibly get a picture that you were not able to get and you can share in that memory
    with them.

    Photo artifacts do not have to be overly mushy either. They can show the raunchy and crazy experiences you have had in your
    life and serve as a reminder of the good time along with the happy and sad times.

    You can tell your family story through pictures as well. Photos of births, weddings, funerals and other family events will
    show a lot about the way you feel about your family members and how they felt about you at a certain point in time. That way
    you can remember your crazy Aunt Ruth after she passes away.

    Taking pictures is probably one of the rewarding and fun things you can do in your life. Now with different photo editing
    software, you can do things to your photos that you never even thought was possible. Take your photo artifacts to the next
    level and create a history of your family that can be viewed for years to come by you, your family, your children and anyone
    else who would care to see the history of you and your life. Let the photos tell the whole story.

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  • Make Your Own Family Artifacts for Future Generations

    Do you remember when you were a child and you found time capsules to be so interesting? I know I did. I can remember looking
    at a time capsule filled with artifacts from several decades prior to that time and I just sat and stared in awe of what was

    The artifacts in the time capsule were things like magazines, newspapers, photographs and records dating back to the time
    when the time capsule was buried underground for unearthing years later.

    Now, if you have kids, think about how much fun it would be for them if you created a time capsule with things that will be
    considered artifacts when the capsule is opened in fifty years. You can make it into a fun game where your kids can
    brainstorm ideas of what they would want to include in the time capsule that would be good artifacts and examples of this
    day in age and a representation of your family.

    They will probably come up with a ton of crazy ideas. However, let them figure out what they would like to include and then
    whittle the list down from there. Some ideas for artifacts include a current model cell phone, an mp3 player, some photographs,
    newspapers and magazines from the current month and possibly some candy that people can look at and compare to the candy in
    the future.

    The fun will come when your kids will help formulate what you will put in the time capsule and then you can watch the
    excitement in their faces when you prepare to bury the time capsule and then cover it for release in 50 years. Be sure to
    record it somewhere so your children or their children will be able to open it at that time to take a look and compare what
    has evolved between now and  then.

    This can turn in to a fun and educational game for your children that they will no doubt remember for the rest of their
    lives. They could even do a demonstration of it in their classrooms and maybe inspire other children to pursue time capsules
    full of family artifacts of their very own.

    It will also be fun doing it together. There are so few activities anymore where kids and their parents can really get into
    it and do it together all while having fun at the same time. Your kids grow up so fast that it is important to take the time
    to help them grow and learn while spending as much quality time with them as you can.

    Before you and your children know it, they will be grown up and have children of their own. Seize opportunities to create
    lasting bonds that will last more than a lifetime. When they open the time capsules, they will no doubt remember the good
    times you had together and your work as a parent will be done. Then hopefully they will carry on the tradition with their
    own kids and grandkids.

    Is It Appropriate to Decorate With Artifacts?

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  • Is It Appropriate to Decorate With Artifacts?

    So you just returned from a great trip to Mexico and while you were there, you managed to find several artifacts that you
    were able to stow away with you in your bags. You think they are beautiful pieces and would like to display them in your
    home so you can see the artifacts on a daily basis while showing your guests what cool items you found on your vacation.

    But do you really think it is a good idea to decorate your home with ancient artifacts? Sure, it is a very cool memento of
    your vacation, but have you ever stopped and thought of what those artifacts mean to the people of that land. You may not
    want to have it in your home after all.

    Think of it this way, how would you feel if people from other countries decorated their homes with pieces of the World Trade
    Center Towers. Yes, a very dramatic comparison, but to the people of those countries, the artifacts have more history and
    meaning in them that you could never imagine or understand.

    So, if you are thinking about decorating with artifacts you have found during your travels, take heed. People also feel that
    decorating with artifacts can bring bad karma into your house and possibly haunt you. This all depends on what you really
    believe in, but is worth it to think about when deciding what to do with the artifacts.

    Instead, it may be a wiser move to instead purchase knick knacks or statues from the countries you visit. They would be a
    constant reminder of your trip and can complement your home’s décor if you choose wisely. Then, you will not have to worry
    about offending future house guests with your artifacts and instead can focus on discussing your past trips and experiences
    rather than stick up for your choices.

    So, what should you do with the artifacts you already have? Well, you could donate them to a museum or find a way to donate
    them to a local college or university that can find the appropriate uses for them and possibly use them in their classes
    dealing with the subject matter the artifacts represent.

    Donating the artifacts will also show that you are interested in making sure that others can learn from your artifacts and
    will be able to see a piece of history up close and personal. That way, you will be looked at as a person who is concerned
    with education rather than someone who is only interested in what your home looks like without concerns for other cultures.

    Next time, think wisely about what you bring home with you. If you would get offended by it if the tables were turned, do
    not do it. It goes back to the old adage, treat others like you would like to be treated. That goes for ancient people as
    well. They still have ancestors who are looking out for them today and still want to give them the respect they deserve.