Against Typological Tyranny in Archaeology: A South American by Cristóbal Gnecco, Carl Langebaek

By Cristóbal Gnecco, Carl Langebaek

* ​Includes case experiences from South the USA and so much authors are from South America
* Departs from conventional metropolitan dominance
* very important for any decolonial/anticolonial attention of archaeology

The papers during this ebook query the tyranny of typological considering in archaeology via case stories 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, the best way to create networks that supply meanings to symbols) yet that their tyranny could 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 by way of a militant stance opposed to it; heuristic simply because they're used as ability 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 quite used as constitutive components of extra advanced and connective materials. The papers incorporated within the booklet are various 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 demonstrated, naturalized typologies that constrain the way in which archaeologists see, forcing their interpretations into popular and predictable conclusions. Their ingenious 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 facts.

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