Download e-book for kindle: Against Typological Tyranny in Archaeology: A South American by Cristóbal Gnecco,Carl Langebaek

By Cristóbal Gnecco,Carl Langebaek

ISBN-10: 1461487234

ISBN-13: 9781461487234

ISBN-10: 1493947648

ISBN-13: 9781493947645

The papers during this publication query the tyranny of typological pondering in archaeology via case reviews from numerous 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, tips on how to create networks that supply meanings to symbols) yet that their tyranny may 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 capacity 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 keep on with they're fairly used as constitutive components of extra complicated and connective materials. The papers integrated within the e-book are assorted in temporal and locational phrases. They hide 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 similar. they've got in universal their shared rejection of verified, naturalized typologies that constrain the way in which archaeologists see, forcing their interpretations into popular and predictable conclusions. Their resourceful 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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