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By Cristóbal Gnecco,Carl Langebaek

The papers during this ebook query the tyranny of typological considering in archaeology via case reviews from a variety of South American nations (Venezuela, Colombia, Bolivia, Argentina, and Brazil) and Antarctica. they target to teach that typologies are unavoidable (they are, in the end, easy methods to create networks that provide meanings to symbols) yet that their tyranny should be conquer in the event that they are used from a severe, heuristic and non-prescriptive stance: serious as the complacent perspective in the direction of their tyranny is changed by means of a militant stance opposed to it; heuristic simply because they're used as skill to arrive substitute and suggestive interpretations yet now not as final and convinced destinies; and non-prescriptive simply because rather than utilizing them as threads to persist with they're really used as constitutive components of extra complicated and connective materials. The papers integrated within the ebook are various 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 comparable. they've got in universal their shared rejection of demonstrated, naturalized typologies that constrain the best way archaeologists see, forcing their interpretations into renowned 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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