is widely seen as the main focus of archaeology. As these pages
make clear, we offer a much wider range of services than excavation,
though often excavation or investigation is the final outcome. When
the Historic Places Trust issues an authority to modify, damage
or destroy a site it is recognised that this destruction will be
mitigated through scientific investigation of the site, that is,
it is destroyed in a controlled way, and recorded and sampled in
the process, by an archaeologist.
Archaeological sites are a finite resource.
Every site that is destroyed diminishes that resource by one. It
is a moral obligation on archaeologists to report their findings
so that the information is rescued and becomes part of the archaeological
record. Archaeological investigation reports belong in the public
domain, and all of ours are available as free downloads
in pdf format.