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Historical archaeology from a Latin American perspective

Author(s): Pedro Paulo Funari ; Lúcio Menezes Ferreira

Year: 2014

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Historical archaeology has started in the USA as an endeavor for understanding the Anglo-American experience, but soon the discipline expanded to include the excluded pasts of such groups as African-Americans, Asian-Americans, women and a plethora of groups, interests and subjects. It spread to Latin America early on, first as an imported discipline to be adapted to the subcontinent. Epistemological discussions in the Anglo-Saxon world led to new contentions about the discipline as the study of capitalism, modernity and globalization, or as the study of all societies with written records, from the earliest to the latest civilizations. Latin America played a role in this discussion, considering that the Spanish and Portuguese colonization was only partially understandable as capitalist, while cultural contact and interaction in the region was particularly complex, so much so that new interpretive concepts, such as transculturation, were put into use by anthropologists, historians and archaeologists. Furthermore, historical archaeology developed during the Cold War (1947-1989) and most of Latin American faced dictatorial rule during part or most of the period. Since the late 1980s th


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Historical archaeology from a Latin American perspective. Pedro Paulo Funari, Lúcio Menezes Ferreira. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436628)


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PaperId(s): SYM-7,18

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America