I'm watching this thing on the Discovery Channel where archeologists are exploring tombs of people that the is believed to be members of Tutankhamen's family. (And I'm sort of thinking out loud here, so bear with me.) Is removing items from the tomb considered grave robbing, or is it preserving the history? Grave robbing is defined as is the act of uncovering a tomb or crypt to steal the artifacts inside or disinterring a corpse to steal the body itself or its personal effects. On the one hand, if the items are put in a museum, then it's preserving the culture, and the items are safe from people who want to find these things for their own selfish purposes. On the other hand, wouldn't you preserve something by leaving it alone? Then again, how could you possibly know about people's lives and cultures by not studying the artifacts used in everyday life?