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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
* very important for any decolonial/anticolonial attention of archaeology

The papers during this booklet query the tyranny of typological considering in archaeology via case reports 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, in any case, easy methods to create networks that supply meanings to symbols) yet that their tyranny might 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 through a militant stance opposed to it; heuristic simply because they're used as capacity to arrive substitute and suggestive interpretations yet no longer as final and yes destinies; and non-prescriptive simply because rather than utilizing them as threads to stick to they're fairly used as constitutive components 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 proven, naturalized typologies that constrain the best way 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 information.

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