I rewatched The Relic (1997) last night and there's one thing I don't understand.
At the beginning the anthropologist John Whitney is seen asking the ship's captain to unload some boxes. Presumably he does not want the boxes with the leaves to reach the museum having (somehow) figured out what they do.
When the ship reaches the USA everyone on the ship is dead and he is not there, but the boxes are sent anyway to the museum I guess?
In any case my actual question is: how did he manage to get from the ship to the museum? Also how did the boxes arrive if they were not in the ship?