'The poor are always with us' - Jesus Christ.
> From: Robert Hugh Thomson[SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> Reply To: British archaeology discussion list
> Sent: 27 April 2001 09:17
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> Subject: Re: what value the past?
> '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
> 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
> activity are trivial in relation to the costs of the first, and, as the
> quotation suggests, the returns are important but intangible.