Honouring the Ancient Dead is a British network organisation set up to ensure respect for ancient pagan human remains and related artefacts. HAD was established in May 2004, initially in response to negotiations following the Public Enquiry into proposed road developments at Stonehenge, Wiltshire.
HAD's main aim is to represent the claims of Pagan groups and individuals who are concerned about the care of ancient human remains in Britain, ensuring inclusion in any consultation and decision-making processes. Key areas of interest are how archaeologists, museums and government departments care for ancient human remains, through exhumation, study, storage and display, with a parallel focus on issues of repatriation (within Britain) and reburial.
Browsing through the website you can view our Statement of Intention, find out about our structure, who sits on the HAD Council and who provides us with technical advice. You can also find out more about the Pagan traditions that we represent and how we are working with the Government and PEBBLE.
HAD's aims can be found in our Statement of Intention.
Our page on Defining Respect is a starting point with regard to this difficult and divisive issue.
Copies of leaftets about HAD for printing can be found at : HAD Flyers
Advise for those of you planning to speak about HAD at events can be found at : Speaker Guide Notes
A note of form : The term pagan is used in two ways throughout this website. With a capital 'P', as Pagan, the term refers to the modern religious and spiritual traditions in Britain and around the world; with a small 'p', as pagan, the term refers to the general religious and social culture of our pre-Christian ancestors.