By Cristiana Barreto (auth.), Cristóbal Gnecco, Carl Langebaek (eds.)
The papers during this e-book query the tyranny of typological considering in archaeology via case reports from a number of South American nations (Venezuela, Colombia, Bolivia, Argentina, and Brazil) and Antarctica. they target to teach that typologies are unavoidable (they are, in any case, how to create networks that provide meanings to symbols) yet that their tyranny could be conquer in the event that they are used from a serious, heuristic and non-prescriptive stance: severe 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 potential to arrive substitute and suggestive interpretations yet no longer as final and convinced destinies; and non-prescriptive simply because rather than utilizing them as threads to keep on with they're particularly used as constitutive elements of extra advanced and connective materials. The papers integrated within the booklet are assorted in temporal and locational phrases. They conceal 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 validated, naturalized typologies that constrain the way in which archaeologists see, forcing their interpretations into popular and predictable conclusions. Their inventive interpretative proposals flee from the safe convenience of venerable typologies, many suspicious due to their organization with colonial political narratives. in its place, the authors suggest novel methods of facing archaeological data.
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Against Typological Tyranny in Archaeology: A South American Perspective by Cristiana Barreto (auth.), Cristóbal Gnecco, Carl Langebaek (eds.)