By Cristiana Barreto (auth.), Cristóbal Gnecco, Carl Langebaek (eds.)
The papers during this ebook query the tyranny of typological considering in archaeology via case reviews from a variety 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, tips on how to create networks that supply meanings to symbols) yet that their tyranny will be triumph over in the event that they are used from a severe, heuristic and non-prescriptive stance: severe as the complacent angle in the direction of their tyranny is changed by way of a militant stance opposed to it; heuristic simply because they're used as capability to arrive replacement and suggestive interpretations yet now not as final and sure destinies; and non-prescriptive simply because rather than utilizing them as threads to stick to they're really used as constitutive elements of extra complicated and connective materials. The papers integrated within the ebook are assorted in temporal and locational phrases. They hide 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 similar. they've got in universal their shared rejection of verified, naturalized typologies that constrain the best way archaeologists see, forcing their interpretations into popular and predictable conclusions. Their imaginitive interpretative proposals flee from the safe convenience of venerable typologies, many suspicious due to their organization with colonial political narratives. as a substitute, the authors suggest novel methods of facing archaeological data.
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