South American Archaeology

Pedro Paulo A. Funari, A. Zarankin and E. Stovel

in The Oxford Handbook of Archaeology

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780199271016
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology

 South American Archaeology

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This article focuses on the archaeology of South America. It examines the research and results of archaeological work in South America by defining the region geographically and chronologically and discusses the principal theoretical currents employed by local archaeologies through time. It explores the diversity with which South American archaeologies classify space, create cultural regions, distinguish temporal moments, develop and adopt theoretical frameworks, and wrestle with complex data sets. It describes how the analysis of the archaeology of South America have generated a narrative that connects the history of theory in the region with the history of knowledge generated by the discipline.

Keywords: archaeology; South America; cultural regions; temporal moments; theoretical frameworks

Article.  14818 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Archaeology by Region

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