'The past is a work of art' -Max Beerbohm.
As for the question, money is better spent on the living than on the dead
and we cannot justify spending large sums of money on sites in areas of
extreme poverty unless we are also prepared to spend money on the needs of
the living. But it is a false dichotomy - obviously (think of Afghanistan)
we need to do what we can to help the people recover from the years of war
and, if we can, to help to preserve their heritage. The costs of the second
activity are trivial in relation to the costs of the first, and, as the Beer
quotation suggests, the returns are important but intangible.