Archaeology data vs conservation care @ Stonehenge: If loss = enlightenment, does destruction = benefit?

Heritage Journal website image 031017In response to a letter to the Times from British Archaeology editor Mike Pitts, supporting information benefits as justification for proposed development at Stonehenge –turning ‘loss into enlightenment’ – archaeology advocacy publication The Heritage Journal has published a summary retort stating that they ‘profoundly disagree’ with the equation ‘excavation = learning’.

Heritage Journal writes:

[The letter from Mike Pitts] says excavation = learning. Therefore excavating a large swathe of the Stonehenge landscape of all places for a road, against UNESCO’s wishes, should be welcomed.

We are only amateurs but we profoundly disagree. It seems to us to be a worryingly damaging stance.

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