In the debate about the basic tenets of conservation / preservation we sometimes overlook – on account of such historically encumbered and variously interpreted general terms
as “restoration” or “reconstruction” and such catchphrases
as “conserve, do not restore” – the fact that generally accepted international principles do indeed exist, regardless
of whether or not the goals of preservation can be made to
prevail within the framework of differing provisions for the
protection of cultural property.