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By Cristiana Barreto (auth.), Cristóbal Gnecco, Carl Langebaek (eds.)

The papers during this publication query the tyranny of typological pondering in archaeology via case experiences from numerous South American nations (Venezuela, Colombia, Bolivia, Argentina, and Brazil) and Antarctica. they target to teach that typologies are unavoidable (they are, finally, easy methods to create networks that supply meanings to symbols) yet that their tyranny may 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 skill 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 relatively used as constitutive components of extra complicated and connective materials. The papers incorporated within the ebook are varied in temporal and locational phrases. They hide 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 proven, naturalized typologies that constrain the way in which archaeologists see, forcing their interpretations into renowned and predictable conclusions. Their innovative interpretative proposals flee from the safe convenience of venerable typologies, many suspicious due to their organization with colonial political narratives. as an alternative, the authors suggest novel methods of facing archaeological data.

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