Against Typological Tyranny in Archaeology: A South American by Cristóbal Gnecco,Carl Langebaek

By Cristóbal Gnecco,Carl Langebaek

The papers during this e-book query the tyranny of typological pondering in archaeology via case experiences 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 spite of everything, easy methods to create networks that provide meanings to symbols) yet that their tyranny will be triumph over 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 skill to arrive replacement and suggestive interpretations yet now not as final and convinced destinies; and non-prescriptive simply because rather than utilizing them as threads to stick with they're fairly used as constitutive components of extra complicated and connective materials. The papers incorporated within the publication 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 similar. they've got in universal their shared rejection of tested, 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 an alternative, the authors suggest novel methods of facing archaeological data.

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