To Recreate or Not to Recreate? That is the Question by Molly

As we travel, we’ve seen a bunch of different archeological sites. And the debate as come up many times: to recreate or not to recreate? It is really just a matter of opinion, but people seem to have some pretty strong preferences about it. Here are the different arguments, and then you can share your thoughts on our poll.

Leave it as is: Leave everything as it is, basically leaving it as a pile of rocks and debris with little symbols carved in every so often. The big pro of this option is that you don’t risk damaging the ancient stones or recreating it falsely. The con is, most people don’t go out of their way to see a big pile of rocks.

Put the rocks back as you think they were, but don’t put modern replicas of the missing pieces in: That says it all. You make an educated guess as to where the different stones went, put them there, and leave the missing pieces out. The pro is that you can really see what the site would have looked like 2000 years ago, but you do risk putting them together in the wrong order and giving people false evidence. I think this is the way to go.

Put the rocks back as you think they were and recreate the missing pieces: You make an educated guess as to where the different stones went, and fill in the missing pieces with modern replicas. The pro is that you can 100% see what it would’ve been like, and probably relate to it better, but often the ancient stuff gets hidden behind the modern copies. And sometimes it is hard to really see what it would’ve been like because all you see is what is there now, magnified by a bunch of modern stuff. So, decide which is best and comment on our poll! We’re excited to hear from you!

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