Against Typological Tyranny in Archaeology: A South American by Cristiana Barreto (auth.), Cristóbal Gnecco, Carl Langebaek PDF

By Cristiana Barreto (auth.), Cristóbal Gnecco, Carl Langebaek (eds.)

ISBN-10: 1461487234

ISBN-13: 9781461487234

ISBN-10: 1461487242

ISBN-13: 9781461487241

The papers during this publication query the tyranny of typological pondering in archaeology via case reviews from quite a few South American nations (Venezuela, Colombia, Bolivia, Argentina, and Brazil) and Antarctica. they target to teach that typologies are unavoidable (they are, in the end, how one can create networks that provide 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: serious as the complacent perspective in the direction of their tyranny is changed by way of a militant stance opposed to it; heuristic simply because they're used as capacity 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 quite used as constitutive elements of extra advanced and connective materials. The papers incorporated within the publication are different 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 similar. they've got in universal their shared rejection of confirmed, 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 as a result of their organization with colonial political narratives. as a substitute, the authors suggest novel methods of facing archaeological data.

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