BRIEF NO. 42
Destruction
Project
Archaeology
Location
Paradox Valley, CO
Subject
Non-repeatable Process
Destruction
Archaeology inevitably is a destructive process. Working with nothing but the waste and ruin of the past, archaeologists are forced to develop multiple scientific methodologies that maximize a partial data set. The importance of scientific rigor is exasperated by the fact that excavation is a one-time act that removes the lion's share of information a site has to yield. Therefore, as a science, it is a carefully thought out process that requires precision, attention to minute detail, and complete respect for the slow process, as it can never be repeated again.”- William Gardner, Ph.D. Archaeology Student, Yale Dept. of Anthropology
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