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Archaeological Significance, Professional Practice, and Public Praxis, Part 1: Archaeological Identity and the determination of archaeological site significance

Author(s): Jed Levin ; Patrice L. Jeppson

Year: 2014

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This paper (Part 1 of 2) examines how the construction of a dominant archaeological identity within the profession has determined how archaeological significance is constructed in US preservation law and policy. This formal legal framework guiding professional practice is then contrasted with the notion of significance that emerged during the public’s engagement with the President’s House site in Independence National Historical Park (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA). The resulting contrast illuminates the limitations of the current notion of archaeological significance in professional practice and public policy.


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Archaeological Significance, Professional Practice, and Public Praxis, Part 1: Archaeological Identity and the determination of archaeological site significance. Jed Levin, Patrice L. Jeppson. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437011)


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PaperId(s): SYM-47,02

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America