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

By Cristóbal Gnecco, Carl Langebaek

* ​Includes case reports 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 reviews from quite a few South American nations (Venezuela, Colombia, Bolivia, Argentina, and Brazil) and Antarctica. they target to teach that typologies are unavoidable (they are, finally, find out how 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 severe, heuristic and non-prescriptive stance: severe as the complacent angle in the direction of their tyranny is changed via 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 convinced destinies; and non-prescriptive simply because rather than utilizing them as threads to persist with they're quite used as constitutive elements of extra advanced and connective materials. The papers integrated within the booklet 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 comparable. they've got in universal their shared rejection of verified, naturalized typologies that constrain the way in which archaeologists see, forcing their interpretations into renowned and predictable conclusions. Their resourceful 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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While site abandonment in the Amazon has been formerly explained as the result of adaptive problems (Meggers 1996), the new data seem to point to far more complex processes due to competition and political conflict, causing frequent settlement fractioning. “Such conflicts would emerge from a constant tension between, at one hand, centralizing centripetal hierarchical ideologies—verified in the archaeological record in, for instance, labor mobilization in mound building activities—and, at the other hand, centrifugal pulverized and uncontrollable household-based productive units” (Neves and Petersen 2006, p.

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