By Cristóbal Gnecco,Carl Langebaek

ISBN-10: 1461487234

ISBN-13: 9781461487234

ISBN-10: 1493947648

ISBN-13: 9781493947645

The papers during this booklet query the tyranny of typological considering in archaeology via case reports 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 any case, tips 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 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 potential to arrive substitute and suggestive interpretations yet no longer as final and sure destinies; and non-prescriptive simply because rather than utilizing them as threads to stick with they're fairly used as constitutive elements of extra advanced and connective materials. The papers incorporated within the e-book are different in temporal and locational phrases. They disguise 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 renowned and predictable conclusions. Their creative 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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