By Cristiana Barreto (auth.), Cristóbal Gnecco, Carl Langebaek (eds.)
The papers during this e-book query the tyranny of typological pondering in archaeology via case stories from a number of South American international locations (Venezuela, Colombia, Bolivia, Argentina, and Brazil) and Antarctica. they target to teach that typologies are unavoidable (they are, in spite of everything, how one can create networks that provide meanings to symbols) yet that their tyranny will be conquer in the event that they are used from a severe, heuristic and non-prescriptive stance: serious as the complacent angle in the direction of their tyranny is changed by means of a militant stance opposed to it; heuristic simply because they're used as potential to arrive replacement and suggestive interpretations yet now not as final and certain destinies; and non-prescriptive simply because rather than utilizing them as threads to keep on with they're relatively used as constitutive components of extra complicated and connective materials. The papers integrated within the booklet are diversified in temporal and locational phrases. They conceal from so known as Formative societies in lowland Venezuela to Inca-related ones in Bolivia; from the coastal shell middens of Brazil to the megalithic sculptors of SW Colombia. but, the papers are comparable. they've got in universal their shared rejection of demonstrated, naturalized typologies that constrain the best way archaeologists see, forcing their interpretations into renowned and predictable conclusions. Their resourceful interpretative proposals flee from the safe convenience of venerable typologies, many suspicious as a result of their organization with colonial political narratives. as an alternative, the authors suggest novel methods of facing archaeological data.
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