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Legitimation and the Classification of Archaeological Sites
Mark P. Leone and Parker B. Potter, Jr.
Vol. 57, No. 1 (Jan., 1992), pp. 137-145
Published by: Society for American Archaeology
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2694840
Page Count: 9
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A good deal of archaeology is conducted within the context of historic preservation, which means that many American archaeologists are faced with the issue of determining site significance. In this essay, we turn to critical theory as a way of complementing the positivist basis for determining site significance. Among the critical theorists, Jurgen Habermas offers a way of examining and understanding a connection between knowledge about the past and the interests of contemporary Americans.
American Antiquity © 1992 Society for American Archaeology