By Cristóbal Gnecco,Carl Langebaek

The papers during this publication query the tyranny of typological pondering in archaeology via case reviews from numerous South American international locations (Venezuela, Colombia, Bolivia, Argentina, and Brazil) and Antarctica. they target to teach that typologies are unavoidable (they are, in spite of everything, tips to create networks that provide 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: severe as the complacent perspective in the direction of their tyranny is changed through a militant stance opposed to it; heuristic simply because they're used as capability 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 stick with they're particularly used as constitutive elements of extra advanced and connective materials. The papers incorporated within the booklet are varied in temporal and locational phrases. They conceal 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 comparable. they've got in universal their shared rejection of confirmed, naturalized typologies that constrain the way in which archaeologists see, forcing their interpretations into popular 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. in its place, the authors suggest novel methods of facing archaeological data.

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