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BUENOS AIRES, Sep 20, 2005 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Argentine indigenous groups have balked at plans to display the mummified remains of three indigenous children ages 6 to 15.

The Museum of High Altitude Archaeology is set to display the remains that were found atop a 22,000-foot mountain peak near the Argentine-Chilean border.

Critics say the remains, which were mummified naturally by the cold and dry mountain air is morbid and disrespectful to indigenous groups, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

"Whether it was right or wrong to take the mummies from the mountain, I don't know," said museum director Gabriel Miremont. "But we now have them, so we have a choice: leave them in a laboratory with a small group of scientists, or share them with society."

"I think it's more democratic to give everyone the opportunity to see them," Miremont added.

Copyright 2005 by United Press International.

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