Our past is the guide to a better future.
From: Ben Timberlake [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 26 April 2001 12:48
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Subject: what value the past?
I've been asked to help script a documentary on how people value the past.
It asks why governments and the general public should give money to
preserve archaeological sites and what 'returns' cultural and otherwise we
can hope for. I am looking for good quotes that can help summarise the
various arguments. I am particularly interested in how we can justify
spending lots of money on sites in areas of extreme poverty when many
locals may argue that the money is better spent on the present i.e the
living vs. the dead. Some of the better britarch discussions have touched
on many of the points these questions raise, is there some incredible quote
that sums it all up yet is short enough for Chris Smith to get as a tattoo?
On that note...