I'm still fuming from this item. In fact, I'd very much like to kick Mr. George Mead's ass for him. He was a museum director who had the mummy of an Egyptian child cremated, then buried in West Cemetery, in Middlebury, Vermont. Whether Mr. Mead was an ignorant bastard or a full-scale arrogant prick is difficult to determine. Even in Mr. Mead's time, it wouldn't have required much research to realize that having one's body burned was the most terrifying fate any ancient Egyptian could have imagined. The soul's survival depended on the body's survival. What Mr. Mead did to that child was inexcusable. To add insult to injury, he even had a cross put on the tombstone.
UPDATE: Since starting this post, I did a bit more research. Mr. Mead was both an ignorant bastard AND an arrogant prick, plus a dozen other names I'm thinking of at the moment. There's more information here. While I'm at it, I'll say that the town of Middlebury, Vermont ought to be ashamed of itself for tolerating a so-called "museum" like this! The whole fucking story is sick.