Over the past weeks both Conor Newman and Professor John Waddell of NUIG have been vocally critical of the use of the term ‘preservation by record’ in reference to excavation. Moore Group concurs – the term is mere spin – Archaeology is by its very nature destructive and any data not recovered in the process of excavation are lost forever. It’s inevitable that information will be lost. In the course of our work, we vow to use the term ‘excavation’ or ‘removal’ in future.
On the subject of spin (and regardless of our support or otherwise of Tara Watch), we note that in their (Tara Watch’s) most recent press release published in Village Magazine the organisation continues to describe the excavation of Lismullin as ‘demolition’. Demolition means the tearing-down of buildings and other structures. To describe the excavation at Lismullin as demolition is misleading to say the least and like ‘preservation by record’ is a term which should be binned.