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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 booklet 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, tips on how to create networks that supply meanings to symbols) yet that their tyranny should be conquer in the event that they are used from a serious, heuristic and non-prescriptive stance: severe as the complacent angle in the direction of their tyranny is changed through a militant stance opposed to it; heuristic simply because they're used as capability to arrive substitute and suggestive interpretations yet no longer as final and certain destinies; and non-prescriptive simply because rather than utilizing them as threads to stick to they're fairly used as constitutive elements of extra advanced and connective materials. The papers integrated within the e-book are diversified in temporal and locational phrases. They disguise from so referred to 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 proven, naturalized typologies that constrain the way in which archaeologists see, forcing their interpretations into renowned and predictable conclusions. Their ingenious 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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