Nashville Public Radio | Did Nashville Do The Right Thing When It Found 800 Year Old Artifacts? – Nashville Public Radio April 25, 2014Posted by sandyclaus in Museum History, Politics.
To Smith, there doesn’t appear to be a good option between a very large scale project and the relatively small one that took place:
“The ethics are relatively simple — archaeology destroys its subject matter. Unlike trees that can be replanted, archaeological sites are not renewable resources — when an archaeologist walks away from a dig, the detailed notes, photographs, and other records are all that will ever remain of that particular site. Hence, unless we have the time and resources to conduct the best archaeology possible — we prefer to preserve things until the time that we do have the time and resources to do the job right.”