Against Typological Tyranny in Archaeology: A South American Perspective

The papers during this e-book query the tyranny of typological considering 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, finally, tips to create networks that provide meanings to symbols) yet that their tyranny might be triumph over in the event that they are used from a serious, heuristic and non-prescriptive stance: serious as the complacent perspective in the direction of their tyranny is changed via 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 keep on with they're fairly used as constitutive elements of extra advanced and connective materials. The papers integrated within the e-book are varied 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 validated, 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 as a result of their organization with colonial political narratives. as a substitute, the authors suggest novel methods of facing archaeological facts.

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