Posted by Gary R on February 05, 2003 at 14:47:22:
In Reply to: Re: building a new house on top of archeological ruins posted by nadia on February 04, 2003 at 03:57:40:
I understand the need to strike a balance between preservation and adaptive re-use, and, of course, I didn't mean we should preserve everything that is old. Here in the United States, though, we pay too little attention to preservation, and the result is that we have very little left in the way of historical architecure, as compared to Europe.
When it's possible to re-use an existing ancient structure without damaging it or ruining its original design, that's fine. However, I believe that, at the very least, archaeologists should first be given the opportunity to perform a full excavation and inventory of the site, otherwise important clues to our past may be irretreivably lost. Once this archaeological survey is completed, though, and what remains of the original structure has either been stabilized or restored, then, perhaps new construction can begin, but with some thought and care taken to preserve as much as possible of the original structure and its original character.
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