The conducting of archaeological excavations for the purpose of research without the justification of eminent destruction is often referred to, in cultural resource management literature and elsewhere, as a destructive practice- one to be avoided whenever possible. The following pages discuss the validity of a such deferral approach to archaeological research both in reference to resource conservation and to understanding the past.
Beaudet, Pierre and Elie, Monique
"Is Archaeology Destructive or are Archaeologists Self-Destructive,"
Northeast Historical Archaeology:
20, Article 1.
Available at: http://orb.binghamton.edu/neha/vol20/iss1/1