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By Cristóbal Gnecco, Carl Langebaek

* ​Includes case reviews from South the USA and such a lot authors are from South America
* Departs from conventional metropolitan dominance
* vital for any decolonial/anticolonial attention of archaeology

The papers during this ebook query the tyranny of typological considering in archaeology via case experiences from quite a few South American international locations (Venezuela, Colombia, Bolivia, Argentina, and Brazil) and Antarctica. they target to teach that typologies are unavoidable (they are, in the end, the best way to create networks that supply meanings to symbols) yet that their tyranny should be triumph over 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 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 certain destinies; and non-prescriptive simply because rather than utilizing them as threads to keep on with they're particularly used as constitutive components of extra complicated and connective materials. The papers integrated within the e-book are diversified 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 best way archaeologists see, forcing their interpretations into renowned and predictable conclusions. Their innovative 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 info.

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